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Meanwhile, there's a very good chance that, later today, #SCOTUS will grant the Solicitor General's petition for "certiorari before judgment" in the #2020Census case—and set the (expedited) case for an expedited merits hearing.

It'll be the first such grant since August 2, 2004.
"Cert. before judgment" (bypassing a court of appeals) is only appropriate "upon a showing that the case is of such imperative public importance as to justify deviation from normal appellate practice and to require immediate determination in this Court."

Here, the "imperative public importance" is the timing of finalizing the Census by June. That said, a grant of cert. before judgment is not necessarily a sign that the Solicitor General is going to win; it's just an (appropriate) sign that the Justices understand the urgency.
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