Happy New Year and welcome to Supreme Court Brief! The justices hear arguments in an unusual Friday session in expedited challenges involving the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandates. The Texas antiabortion law is back in the Supreme Court as clinic challengers seek to block Fifth Circuit arguments on Friday. We have some details. The personal library of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg goes to online auction this month with some special treasures. And scroll down for how some scholars view the vaccine challenges as threats to the administrative state.

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