Morning Docket: 02.08.19

* Earlier this week, Justice Samuel Alito blocked a Louisiana abortion law, and now a divided Supreme Court has done the same, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining with the Court’s liberals to protect women’s right to choose without undue burdens. Justice Brett Kavanaugh penned the dissent — so much for “precedent on precedent.” [USA Today]

* After some back and forth over the threat of a subpoena, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has agreed to testify publicly on the Mueller probe before the House Judiciary Committee bright and early tomorrow morning. [Washington Post]

* “There’s no doubt that the talent wars in tax have definitely heated up.” As it turns out, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is really living up to its name in that it’s creating a lot of new jobs — for tax lawyers and accountants, that is. [Wall Street Journal]

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Morning Docket: 01.25.19

* President Trump is preparing to declare a national emergency at the country’s southern border. A draft order is in the works, and $7B+ will be used to build the president’s wall to fix the humanitarian crisis he helped to create. [CNN]

* Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone was arrested early this morning in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. He’s been charged with seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. [Washington Post]

* Were you planning on taking the D.C. bar exam in February? Not so fast. Thanks to the government shutdown, you might not be able to do so. We’ll keep you updated. If you’ve been waiting to get sworn in after passing the July 2018 bar, keep waiting — potentially for a while. [Law.com]

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Morning Docket: 12.31.18

* Michael Cohen: The Movie? Cooley Law’s most infamous graduate could soon be on the big screen, because Trump’s former lawyer/fixer and soon-to-be federal inmate was seen meeting “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds” producer Lawrence Bender. [Page Six]

* Judge Reed O’Connor has stayed his ill-conceived ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional since many people have already purchased their health insurance plans. Gee thanks, Your Honor. How considerate! [National Law Journal]

* SCOTUS has kept a pretty low profile in the wake of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but that may soon change thanks to the high-profile appeals the justices will be considering. Get ready for some dramatic 5-4 decisions. [Associated Press]

* Speaking of SCOTUS drama, perhaps you’ve been wondering why Chief Justice Roberts intervened in the Mueller investigation. Mueller’s team submitted its briefs on the matter on Friday night, so we’ll soon find out what’s going on. [POLITICO]

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Morning Docket: 12.21.18

* In completely unshocking news, despite advice from ethics officials, Acting Attorney General and former Tight End Matthew Whitaker has refused to recuse himself from oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian election interference probe. [USA Today]

* Corporate clients are trying to control their spending, and that means more and more Biglaw firms are having trouble collecting on their year-end bills, such that “on average [a firm] can lose 20 percent of its original billing amount.” [Big Law Business]

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