The Supreme Court granted four new cases on Friday, including a new challenge to the Voting Rights Act. The excitement about the Voting Rights Act review was shortly eclipsed, however, by Justice Sonia Sotomayor's second appearance on Sesame Street.
Just so we can pretend to have our priorities in order, we're discussing the grants first.
The four new cases are:
Of these four grants, the Voting Rights Act case will be the most closely watched. As The New York Times points out, the law's opponents argue that "the re-election of the nation's first black president is proof that the nation has moved beyond the racial divisions that gave rise to efforts to protect the integrity of elections in the South," but advocates say the Act continues to play "a pivotal role beating back discriminatory voting measures."
While there may be a question regarding whether the South can hold fair elections without the VRA, Justice Sotomayor suggests there can be no debate regarding "princess" as a career option.
In a recent Sesame Street guest spot to discuss career paths, Justice Sotomayor told Abby Cadabby "pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career."
(Sidebar: We respectfully disagree. Anne Hathaway is proof that pretending to be a princess is a career. Kate Middleton and Charlene Whitstock give us hope that actually being a princess can be a career.)
For those considering SCOTUS-sanctioned career paths, Justice Sotomayor suggests becoming a teacher, lawyer, doctor, engineer, or scientist.
Based on the "dismal job market for entry-level attorneys," one of the science-related fields might be a safer bet than a legal career. Staci Zaretsky at Above the Law notes that, "some recent law school graduates would be far more likely to find jobs as princesses."