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- Justice Scalia made the bizarre claim that Americans should love their system of government because it is dysfunctional during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday. According to Scalia, we should “should learn to love gridlock.”
- Meanwhile, Scalia and his eight colleagues appeared genuinely unsure how to decide a strange case where a religious school claims that it should be immune to the Americans with Disabilities Act in many cases under something known as the “ministerial exception.”
- Michigan appeals a court decision declaring an effective state employee pay cut unconstitutional.
- President Obama’s fourth openly gay judicial nominee received his confirmation hearing.
- The Supreme Court is likely to take a case that could strike a mortal blow to affirmative action in public schools and universities.