Monday status conference: Decisions, decisions

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court will likely hand down decisions and orders – among the cases that have yet to be decided is the closely-watched Second Amendment challenge to DC’s handgun ban – and we’ll update any newsworthy developments here. The justices are set to meet again on Thursday. The House meets in a pro forma session today and lawmakers from both houses resume work tomorrow.


According to a memo obtained by the Washington Post, Office of Special Counsel chief Scott J. Bloch, whose home and office were raided by the FBI last week, repeatedly butted heads with top career staffers over which cases should be pursued by the principal office protecting federal whistle-blowers and policing partisan politicking in the federal workplace. (WaPo).

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says the euthanized Kentucky Derby horse Eight Belles probably died more humanely than death row prisoners do. (AP)

So far this term, the Court has avoided the plethora of 5-4 splits that defined the October 2006 term. (AP).

Emails containing racially derogatory banter exchanged by Secret Service agents were revealed in federal court in a lawsuit brought by black former agents alleging racially-motivated employment discrimination. (NYT)

President George W. Bush was in Crawford, Texas over the weekend on a covert family operation, if you haven’t heard. (WaPo)

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