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Unexplained Orders

Adam Liptak has this column in the NYT:

People used to complain that Supreme Court decisions were too long and tangled. Those were the days.

In recent weeks, the court has addressed cases on the great issues of the day without favoring the nation with even a whisper of explanation. In terse orders, the court expanded the availability of same-sex marriage, let a dozen abortion clinics in Texas reopen, and made it harder to vote in three states and easier in one.

Judges and lawyers who used to have to try to make sense of endless, opaque opinions now have to divine what the Supreme Court's silence means.
The orders in question are temporary.  Eventually, we can expect, the issues in these cases, and possibly the cases themselves, will be decided by the Supreme Court in full-length opinions.  Yet temporary orders can have very long-lasting effects. 

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