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For legal junkies, this is a great reference from SCOTUSblog.

Stats from the most recent term: http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/06/final-stat-pack-for-october-term-2014/

For SCOTUS Blog generally: http://www.scotusblog.com/

Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won - Even as Fast Track Advances

Perhaps there are a few silver linings to a very dark cloud.

6. The demands to see the secret text got some results.
WikiLeaks made public two draft chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, giving ammo to the opposition and making many wonder why we were having to rely on Julian Assange for this information.

While the fast-track bill doesn’t do anywhere near enough to respond to secrecy concerns, it does require the executive branch to make public the full text of new trade agreements for 60 days before they are sent to Congress. Then lawmakers need to wait at least another 30 days before voting.

In the TPP’s case, this could help stretch out the timeline into the heat of election season, when Democrats will be even more sensitive to pressure from their base. As Public Citizen President Robert Weissman noted, “When the inexcusable and anti-democratic veil of secrecy surrounding the TPP is finally lifted, and the American people see what is actually in the agreement, they are going to force their representatives in Washington to vote that deal down.”


I apologize if this article has already been posted, but I felt that some small comfort was needed, even if in duplicate.
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