Michael Schaffer: The Supreme Court Is Turning Into One Big D.C. Prep School

From a Capital City story by Michael Schaffer on politico.com headlined “The Supreme Court Is Turning Into One Big D.C. Prep School”:

A few minutes into Ted Cruz’s questioning on day two of the Supreme Court confirmation proceedings, one of my high school friends texted me: Turn on the hearings. He’s putting us through the wringer!

Gail Collins and Bret Stephens: Nothing’s More Fun Than Picking the Next Supreme Court Justice. Right?

From a New York Times conversation between Gail Collins and Bret Stephens headlined “Nothing’s More Fun Than Picking the Next Supreme Court Justice. Right?”:

Bret: Gail, President Biden has announced that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Justice Stephen Breyer. Is this a good idea, politically speaking?

Gail: Bret, let me rise above that and say it’s a good idea, national-welfare speaking. The Supreme Court has so much power — more in some ways than any other body in government. And obviously you want it to reflect the makeup of the country.

Stephen Breyer Was a Centrist Problem Solver, the Right Justice for the Wrong Age

From a Washington Post story by Ann E. Marimow headlined “Breyer’s legacy: A centrist, pragmatic problem-solver and defender of the court’s reputation”:

In nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen G. Breyer routinely found himself on the losing side of contentious issues but managed to cultivate collegiality as a centrist problem-solver, concerned about the real-world implications of the court’s decisions and protecting its reputation.

Often overshadowed by the late liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Breyer will leave a legacy when he retires at the end of the current term as a steadfast supporter of abortion rights, the environment and health-care coverage — and for his questions about the constitutionality of the death penalty.

A Single Word Sparks a Crossfire Between the Supreme Court and NPR Reporter Nina Totenberg

From a Washington Post story by Paul Farhi headlined “A single word sparks a crossfire between the Supreme Court, NPR and its star reporter Nina Totenberg”:

A single word sparked a dispute this week that ensnared at least three Supreme Court justices, a veteran NPR reporter, and eventually her newsroom’s public editor.

It may all come down to the use of the word “asked.”

Nina Totenberg: At the Supreme Court the Elbows of the Justices Are Now a Lot Sharper

From a story on npr.org by Nina Totenberg headlined “Supreme Court justices aren’t ‘scorpions,’ but not happy campers either”:

It was pretty jarring earlier this month when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench for the first time since the omicron surge over the holidays. All were now wearing masks. All, that is, except Justice Neil Gorsuch. What’s more, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not there at all, choosing instead to participate through a microphone setup in her chambers.