Well, after being unceremoniously dumped from Google News a few weeks back, it looks like we’re back in! I received an email today passing along the good news. Might take a couple of weeks, but pretty soon we should be searchable through the Google News continuous web-crawl, as well as Google’s less frequent one. I wonder whether they’re letting all the other blogs back in, or whether my artful appeal (which was basically "hey, we’re not a ‘single individual’ site – there are three of us!") was what did it.
SCOTUSblog has this summary of John Roberts’ significant opinions (such as they are) on the D.C. Circuit. Not a whole lot to learn there, I’m afraid. His paper trail as an advocate is much longer, but discerning meaning from litigation papers is greatly complicated by the fact that he was advocating for his clients, and he therefore can (and will) credibly claim that the positions taken represent not his own views but those of clients, presented in as forceful a manner as he could think of. Also, I’ve already received a MoveOn email frantically announcing a campaign to oppose the nomination. Well, let me ask you this, guys: who did you think we were going to get? This President is simply not going to nominate another Ginsburg or Breyer, and this idea that there is another nominee out there who is "in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor" is silly – she is unique for many reasons. Will Roberts tilt the Court to the right? Maybe. But from what I know so far, I doubt that he will do so in a dramatic way. As Lyle Denniston explains in this interesting post, Roberts is more likely to find his place [...]