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June 30, 2014 8:35 AM Big Day at SCOTUS

By Ed Kilgore

It’s the last day for announcement of Supreme Court decisions this term, and it’s Tension City for a lot of people. Beginning at about 10:00 AM, the Court is expected to hand down the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the case dealing with a for-profit business’ claim of a “religious liberty” exemption from compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate; and Harris v. Quinn, which involves a challenge to a public-sector union’s right to collect representational dues from home health care workers on contract with the State of Illinois.

Either of these cases could go any number of ways. About the only thing we can confidently predict is that Anthony Kennedy will break ties and perhaps set some strange precedents.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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