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- The Supreme Court split 4-4 in a case considering whether a federal law that made it easier for U.S. citizen mothers to pass on citizenship to children born outside the country than similarly situated fathers. The practical effect of the decision is that the law stands, for now, although it could be struck down if the Court reconsiders the issue in a case where Justice Kagan is not required to recuse.
- The Justices also split 5-4 to hand a big win to investment advisers who defraud investors.
- Bloomfield, New Mexico will become the latest town to thumb its nose at the First Amendment by building a government sponsored Ten Commandments monument.
- Justice Clarence Thomas really doesn’t like criminal defendants.
- The White House claims that it will step up its efforts to cure the judicial vacancy crisis.
- And, finally, Supreme Court Justices get the best paid vacations.