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The Supreme Court heard its final oral argument of the term this morning, and it was a fittingly weighty one: the case of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted on corruption charges in 2014, stemming from his relationship with a Richmond businessman who gave him nearly $200,000 in gifts and loans.

McDonnell currently faces two years in prison for public corruption, but he may end up going free without serving a single day, if today's oral arguments are any indication. A majority of the Supreme Court justices seemed ready to significantly limit, or maybe even strike down, the federal bribery statute used to convict the governor.

Throughout the past eight years, President Obama has worked slowly but surely to bring greater diversity to the federal courts, the president assured law students at the University of Chicago Law School earlier this month. But when it came time to picking his third Supreme Court nominee, he told the crowd, "at no point did I say: 'I need a black lesbian from Skokie in that slot.'"

Why not?

Victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism won big in the Supreme Court this morning. Today, in a 6-2 ruling authored by Justice Ginsburg, the Court upheld a law giving terror victims an explicit right to collect a court judgment against Iran. That 2012 law, passed as federal courts were considering the same question, did not overstep the separation of powers between Congress and the courts, the Supreme Court ruled.

The ruling opens up a $2 billion judgment against Iran, making the money available to the more than 1,000 victims and families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks, including a 1983 bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.

There's a long tradition of Supreme Court justices returning to law schools to talk about the law, spread some SCOTUS wisdom, and even delve into politics occasionally. But in the last few weeks of this very unusual Supreme Court term, it seems as though the justices are stopping by law schools more than ever. And they've got company, as President Obama returned last Thursday to speak at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught for 12 years.

So, what did the justices and President Obama have to say?

Merrick Garland isn't just President Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court; he's one of the Court's most successful feeder judges, sending 42 of his clerks on to Supreme Court clerkships. That's more than half of the 71 clerks Garland has had since joining the federal bench in 1997. And even those who don't go on to clerk for the Supreme Court often retain a close and supportive relationship with Garland, former clerks say.

Now, Garland's clerks are seeking to return the favor, hoping to help the federal judge advance to the Supreme Court. Last Monday, 68 of his former clerks sent a letter to the Senate leadership urging them to act on Garland's nomination.

This summer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will finally get her Broadway debut -- well, sort of. In July, Justice Ginsburg will take part in a performance of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." The play is being performed in Venice to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city's Jewish ghetto.

And no, she's not playing Shylock. Justice Ginsburg will, fittingly, preside over a mock trial of the play's main characters.

Puerto Rico went before the Supreme Court two weeks ago, arguing that it should have the right to restructure its public debts. While the commonwealth is facing a massive debt crisis -- the island owes creditors more than $70 billion, about 70 percent of its GDP -- federal law prevents it from taking advantage of bankruptcy procedures. That exclusion from the bankruptcy code, the island argues, shouldn't prevent it from restructuring its debt under its own laws.

And while the Supreme Court waits to make a decision, the debt crisis continues spiraling onward. After debt holders sued to freeze some government assets on Monday, the island responded yesterday by passing a law stopping all debt repayment.

When Justice Scalia died, just over six weeks ago, Senate Republicans immediately announced their opposition to an Obama-appointed replacement. They would withhold their advice and consent until after the Presidential elections, they maintained, even as the President nominated a well-liked, highly-qualified moderate like Merrick Garland.

But, Republican resolve might be weakening, and it's becoming more likely that we'll see a ninth justice before November.

Supreme Court oral arguments ain't what they once were -- and that's not exactly a bad thing. According to a recent study comparing oral arguments in the contemporary Court with their mid-century predecessors, today's Supreme Court justices are more likely to crack jokes, more willing to speak harshly, and better prepared than they were 50 years ago.

Let's take a look at how things have changed.

Meet John Sturgeon, a hunter, a septuagenarian, an Alaskan, and, as of Tuesday, a victorious Supreme Court litigant. Sturgeon wound up before the Supreme Court after his hovercraft broke down as he was traveling through the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve to hunt moose. Park officers told the moose hunter he couldn't use his hovercraft, or any other motorized equipment, on the rivers.

Sturgeon objected. The river, he argued, was Alaska's, not the federal governments'. And while longstanding precedent allows the federal government to regulate activities adjacent to and effecting federal lands, Alaska is different, Sturgeon argued. The Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous, but narrow, opinion.