Snippets: Which Justice Are You?, ACA Subsidies, 'Notorious RBG'
With the High Court still on summer vacation, there are no hard-hitting legal issues before the Court quite yet (unless you count Justice Sonia Sotomayor rounding up kids to hug Hillary Clinton as "hard-hitting").
As a result, we have three important current events from the world of the Supreme Court this week to tide you over until October -- or at least, until our next blog post:
Which Supreme Court Justice Are You?
BuzzFeed, master of the personality quiz, released a new one that will definitely determine which Supreme Court justice you are. (The quiz was adapted from a McSweeney's article which was intended as a series of Supreme Court jokes, not an actual quiz.)
If you want to take this quiz, you'll need to know your Disney princesses and some of the more esoteric cocktails. It turns out I'm Justice Anthony Kennedy ("You love the simple joy of swinging, but paint a lonely picture sitting in the playground all by yourself"), while my fellow FindLaw blogger William Peacock is Justice Sonia Sotomayor (and he's not exactly thrilled about that).
Obamacare Subsidy Appeals Coming Soon
The Fourth Circuit's Affordable Care Act subsidy ruling -- you know, the one that upheld tax subsidies for both federal and state-run healthcare exchanges -- will be headed to the Supreme Court ASAP. The individuals who were all "harmed" by being forced to purchase health insurance have already filed their cert petition, Politico reports.
No word yet on the petition from the D.C. Circuit Court version of the case (which struck down subsidies for federal exchanges). But the circuit split on such a high-profile issue all but guarantees that the Supreme Court will hear this one next term.
Justice Ginsburg on Hobby Lobby, Retirement, and That 'Notorious RBG' Thing
Katie Couric, who apparently works for Yahoo! News now, interviewed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her very justicey-looking chambers. Justice Ginsburg talked about her Hobby Lobby dissent (she doesn't think the five males justices fully understood the impact of the decision), when she'll retire (when she can't do the work anymore -- although she aspires to remain there at least until 83, like Justice Louis Brandeis), and the Notorious RBG Tumblr (which she called "a wonderful thing"). The interview shows that Justice Ginsburg is still going strong and feisty as ever.
- What Supreme Court justices are saying on their summer vacations (National Constitution Center)
- Is It Already 'Too Late' for Justice Ginsburg to Retire? (FindLaw's U.S. Supreme Court Blog)
- Are Fisher and Affirmative Action Returning to SCOTUS? (FindLaw's U.S. Supreme Court Blog)
- SCOTUS Summer Reading List: After June, What Else You Going to Do? (FindLaw's U.S. Supreme Court Blog)
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