The U.S. Supreme Court’s historic telephonic arguments moved swiftly and orderly Monday, with the chief justice serving two roles as timekeeper and traffic cop and the lawyers and justices engaging in a lively back-and-forth that was devoid of any lasting technical glitches and long pauses.

The argument featured references to the COVID-19 hunt for toilet paper and groceries, and even included rare inquiries from Justice Clarence Thomas, who does not regularly ask questions at oral argument.

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