Good morning and welcome to Supreme Court Brief! In hopes of getting both of their affirmative action challenges granted before the justices stop adding new cases to the term, Consovoy McCarthy lawyers have asked the court to expedite briefing by denying any extension of time for briefs by the University of North Carolina. They also suggest the solicitor general should be filing her brief in December, if past practice is followed. A Georgetown law professor’s state-secrets brief was hailed during last week’s arguments and may offer the justices a way to resolve the spying case. Plus, our readers were quick to offer the justices some help when they couldn’t remember an 1849 case involving Rhode Island.

Thanks for reading. We are taking a break next week to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, but we will be back on Nov. 29. Have a wonderful and safe turkey day! Contact Marcia Coyle at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MarciaCoyle.

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