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High Court Denies Emergency Request to Stop Donor Disclosures in Campaigns

In a victory for voters, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency stay concerning secrecy of donors to political nonprofits.

Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit Republican group, tried to stop a lower court decision that ordered the disclosures. But the High Court denied the emergency request.

In Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Federal Election Commission, a federal judge ordered the elections commission to come up with better disclosure rules. The U.S. Supreme Court basically said what she said.

While SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh has already faced one of the most hotly contested and contentious confirmation hearings in Supreme Court history, the hearing isn't over yet. The Senate Judiciary Committee has requested that Christine Blasey Ford testify before the committee this coming Monday. The conservatives on the committee are hopeful that there will be no further delays.

Ford, a professor of clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, has come forward as the anonymous letter writer that accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were in high school. And while Kavanaugh has steadfastly denied the allegations, there seems to be more than just one side to this story.

When it comes to the High Court, most if not nearly all of the focus tends to fall on the cases and judges. However, a recent SCOTUSblog piece takes a look at which attorneys and law firms have fared the best before the High Court in recent years.

The Empirical SCOTUS piece shows that over the past five terms, looking only at attorneys that have made four or more appearances at the Court during that time, only one attorney and one firm have perfect records. The piece also details who had the most overall wins, and even the most wins in particular categories like First or Fourth Amendment, or Patent cases.

For law students at Harvard, and across the country thanks to YouTube, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recently gave some open advice.

However, the discussion is just informative for lawyers as it is for law students, as Justice Kagan also shares quite a bit about herself, her fellow justices, and how she views the legal profession. The open-ended questions led her onto entertaining tangents too, like how Justice Breyer (who was her antitrust professor when she was a student) is the funniest justice, and his hypotheticals are easily funnier than Scalia's famous retorts, at least in her opinion.

The confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh may have concluded, but the controversy hasn't seemed to die down one bit. 

From deep probing questions over baseball tickets to one Senator claiming to be bribed and extorted, the chaos that started in the hearings continues and likely won't conclude until after the votes are in. And since the vote of the Senate Judiciary committee is scheduled for this week, and the full senate vote scheduled for the last week of September, the headlines are really heating up. 

Below is a quick recap of two of the hotter topics surrounding Kavanaugh's confirmation.

In recent years, big oil has faced increasing pressure from state and local governments due to potential violations of environmental laws and due to the increasing visibility of climate change.

Massachusetts has been pursuing an investigation against Exxon since 2016. Unfortunately for the state's AG, Exxon isn't being cooperative. And after the state secured a victory before the State's Supreme Court demanding the oil company respond to the state's investigatory demand, Exxon recently petitioned SCOTUS, seeking review of the state High Court decision.

If you've been following the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, then you've undoubtedly heard and seen the chaos. In addition to the clear partisan divide being exacerbated by and played out via an ongoing discovery dispute, protesters have been more vocal than ever before, causing countless interruptions throughout both the first and second days.

Already, there has been over 70 arrests (no word on charges), and protesters even showed up dressed up as "Handmaids" from the new, hit, dystopian series, "The Handmaid's Tale." Recently, we asked if people really cared about the Supreme Court, and it seems the answer is rather clear.

Read on below to learn more about the timeline and what to expect for the rest of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

A recently released survey about the American public's views on SCOTUS has some interesting, and potentially good news.

First the good news: The survey, conducted by PSB, and reported by C-SPAN, explains that nearly 70 percent of Americans have been following the news of the recent Supreme Court nominations. This is good because it shows the American public is interested in the High Court. This is bolstered by the fact that over 90 percent believe Supreme Court decisions impact their everyday life. And while that might not be that shocking, given how highly politicized the Court has been, since forever, notably the survey found that only a little more than half of Americans believe that the Court is split along partisan grounds.

The United States Supreme Court knows that it is more than just the ultimate arbiter of the law of the land in the United States; it also wields influence worldwide. And though the Court regularly explains that issues involving foreign policy are best left to the legislature and executive, it does not rule in a vacuum cut-off from the rest of the world.

Along with the increase in globalization and e-commerce, cases in U.S. courts have increasingly involved foreign parties, requiring U.S. courts, including the Supreme Court, to interpret and consider foreign laws and the impact on U.S. law and individual cases. In addition to decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court having a clear global influence on business and immigration, the High Court has also influenced many foreign tribunals, and been influenced.

While John Oliver didn't add a new dog to the Supreme Court when Justice Gorsuch was confirmed, the TV viewing world didn't seem to mind that much. Oliver had his reasons apparently.

And if you're a "dog person" and fan of the Supreme Court (or vice versa), then you might want to check out the John Oliver pieces as well as the hours upon hours of YouTube videos that people have uploaded using the Last Week Tonight Supreme Court dogs dubbed to real oral arguments. Don't worry, Justice Alito and the others are enjoying it too.

Below you can read about a few of the dogs that Supreme Court Justices have owned.