On Tuesday, the Supreme Court released orders from the October 6 conference. The court set two original-jurisdiction cases to its docket, Texas v. New Mexico and Florida v. Georgia , for oral argument “in due course.” The court also called for the views of the solicitor general in Apple v. Pepper . The court heard oral argument in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago on Tuesday, and it will hear oral argument in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense and Jesner v. Arab Bank on Wednesday. The calendar for the October sitting is available on the court's website . On Friday the justices will meet for their October 13 conference; our list of "petitions to watch" for that conference will be available soon.
In both the United Kingdom and elsewhere, a frequent debate centers on when it is appropriate for a monarch to use his or her political powers. When a monarch does act, political controversy can often ensue, partially because the neutrality of the crown is seen to be compromised in favor of a partisan goal, while some political scientists champion the idea of an "interventionist monarch" as a check against possible illegal action by politicians. For instance, the monarch of the United Kingdom can theoretically exercise an absolute veto over legislation by withholding royal assent. However, no monarch has done so since 1708, and it is widely believed that this and many of the monarch's other political powers are lapsed powers .
So I would argue, in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, that while The Federalist Papers are among the best essays ever written on representative government, they would not be as good as they are, or as many essays as there are, if it were not for the persistent critique of the Antifederalists who helped define the American conversation over what should government do, which level of government should do it, and which branch of that level of government should do it. Those questions are what the Essential Antifederalists bring to the conversation.