Why Do We Even Have Dogs?

Riley Black of Slate –

Two recent papers explore how and why humans started hanging out with wolves.

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The Supreme Court’s Most Partisan Decisions Are Flying Under the Radar

Steve Vladeck is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law and co–editor in chief of Just Security

Through its “shadow docket,” the court is quietly shaping the rules around elections, COVID regulations, immigration, and the federal death penalty.

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Congress Finally Scrutinizes One of SCOTUS’ Most Disturbing Practices

Mark Joseph Stern of Slate –

Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has dramatically altered the way it decides most cases—without acknowledging or justifying this radical shift. More and more often, the justices forego the usual appeals procedure in favor of rushed decision-making behind closed doors in what’s known as “the shadow docket.”

They issue late-night opinions on the merits of a case without hearing arguments or receiving full briefing, and often refuse to reveal who authored the opinion, or even how each justice voted. The public is then left to guess why or how the law has changed and what reasoning the court has embraced.

These emergency orders are supposed to be a rare exception; today, however, the court regularly uses them to make law in hugely controversial cases, including disputes over the border wall, COVID restrictions, and executions. 

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Senior Republicans are split over how to treat Trump: Pay homage at Mar-a-Lago or refuse to ‘bend the knee’

Michael Warren and Gloria Borger, CNN –

Senior Republicans are split over how to treat former President Donald Trump, with the No. 2 House Republican making a personal pilgrimage to visit him on the same day that the top Senate Republican vowed never to “bend the knee” in that way.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana met privately with Trump on Wednesday at the former President’s Mar-a-Lago estate, CNN has learned, on the same day that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell vowed never to do so.

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Mount Etna just erupted – and so did other dangerous volcanoes

Slide 16 of 42: Kīlauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, had been constantly erupting molten lava since 1983 until the eruption was finally declared to have ended on 5 December 2018 after 90 days of inactivity. The name Kīlauea means much spreading or spewing in Hawaiian – a reference to its frequent outpouring of lava that flows into the ocean.

Kīlauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The name Kīlauea means much spreading or spewing in Hawaiian – a reference to its frequent outpouring of lava that flows into the ocean.

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