Facts: Healthcare Act not on fast track

The Supreme Court on Monday turned back an unusual request from Virginia to put the state’s challenge to the new federal health care law on a fast track. The court’s one-line order offered no reasoning, and there were no noted dissenting votes.

The Supreme Court only rarely hears expedited appeals of the sort that Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II sought, and so Monday’s order is perhaps more notable for seeming to settle the question of Justice Elena Kagan’s participation in the case. She joined the court in August, after serving about a year as United States solicitor general, the federal government’s top appellate lawyer.

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