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A divided Supreme Court blocked implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on Tuesday. The stay, issued in response to five challenges to the plan, means that the Obama administration may not take any steps to implement its key climate change strategy, which would have drastically limited greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

It's unusual for the Court to stay federal regulations in response to a challenge and the move may indicate that many justices hold serious doubts about the Clean Power Plan's legality.

From the past to the present, there have been hundreds of laws that seek to "protect" women by denying them full rights: laws shielding women from the corrupting influence of politics, and voting; laws guarding women from hearing "sordid evidence," by keeping them off juries; laws keeping women from dangerous work as high-paid pharmacists, but not low-paid janitors. And now, at least in Texas, those laws include protecting women from medical risks associated with abortion by virtually eliminating their access to it.

Let's call these "White Knight" laws. They're laws that seek to save women from the harms of the world, by simultaneously denied them full citizenship, liberty, and economic and political participation. According to a recent amicus brief in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, those laws warrant extra scrutiny from the Supreme Court.

Happy Birthday, Justice Alito! No, Samuel Alito doesn't turn ten today (he'll turn 66 this April Fool's day, however). Instead, this week saw Justice Alito celebrating his tenth anniversary as a Supreme Court justice.

To celebrate, we're pulling together our favorite Alito-related posts. For while Justice Alito often gets overlooked -- he doesn't have the acid bite of conservative colleague Justice Scalia, nor does he require the same fawning attention as Justice Kennedy, and he lacks some of the swag of the Notorious R.B.G. -- his role on the court is more important than many recognize.

SCOTUS Sides With Obama, FERC Stays

On Monday, SCOTUS helped solidify one of President Obama's major policy goals by ruling in favor of the "demand response" provisions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The decision appears to be the end-of-the-line for major opponents of the regulation now that FERC has received the Supreme Court's blessing.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to President Obama's executive actions on immigration on Tuesday. The case involves a challenge by 26 states, led by Texas, to the President's plans to halt deportations for millions of immigrants, including the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens.

In granting cert to United States v. Texas, the Supreme Court also ensured that it will play a major role in the debate over immigration in America. Oral arguments are scheduled for April with a decision likely to come in June -- right in the middle of what is sure to be a frenzied presidential campaign.

Did Paul D. Clement forward golf tips to Chief Justice Roberts? Has Justice Sotomayor ever sent adorable cat pics to Donald Verrilli?

It's unlikely, but if they did, we might soon find out. That's because a journalist from Vice News is currently suing the Department of Justice for access to any emails between the Supreme Court justices and former or current U.S. Solicitors General. That is, should such emails even exist.

Millions of women have had abortions, but their stories are largely private; few share their experiences with the general public, and almost none with the Supreme Court.

But as the High Court prepares to hear arguments over Texas's extremely restrictive abortion regulations, 113 women in law have submitted a virtually unprecedented amicus brief detailing their own experiences with abortion. The goal, the brief explains, is to "inform the Court of the impact" abortion rights have had "on the lives of women attorneys, and, by extension, on this nation."

Last week, a group of armed ranchers and anti-government militants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters outside Burns, Oregon. Though the men have a variety of complaints against the federal government, the armed occupation first started after protests against the imprisonment of two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, for arson.

But before it was an insurrection, the Oregon standoff was an unusual criminal case, and one that got right up to the steps of the Supreme Court.

In 2012, Taylor Bell, a Mississippi high school senior with a spotless disciplinary record, posted a rap song online. The song accused two gym teachers at Itawamba Agricultural High School of sexually harassing female students -- but it also included violent lyrics not uncommon in much gangsta rap. Bell was suspended, sued, and is now petitioning the Supreme Court for cert.

On his side is a host of civil libertarians and students' rights groups filing amici briefs urging the Court to take up Bell's case. Among them is the Atlanta rapper Killer Mike. Killer Mike's amici brief is joined by seven other artists, including T.I. and Big Boi, but his contribution is unique: he, along with three legal scholars, actually wrote the brief. Here's what the rapper had to say to the Supreme Court.

A few hours before the clock struck midnight last Thursday, ushering in the new year, the Supreme Court released its annual year-end report. Unlike other "year in review" retrospectives, the High Court's look back tends to be a bit dry, focusing on statistics from the federal court system.

But Chief Justice Roberts wasn't willing to let the 2015 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary be just another boring exercise in statistical reporting. Instead, he framed his report with a discussion of good, old-fashioned duels to the death.