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The Supreme Court took three big First Amendment cases. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The Supreme Court this morning agreed to hear three big First Amendment cases, including a challenge to a California law that requires anti-abortion pregnancy counselors to give their patients information about how to obtain an abortion.

The big question: Under Chief Justice John Roberts, the court has upheld very few limits on free speech. These cases will be the first test of whether Justice Neil Gorsuch will change that dynamic.

The details: The court accepted three cases:

  • NIFLA v. Becerra: This suit was filed by a group of crisis pregnancy centers — organizations that counsel women against abortion. California law requires those facilities to post a notice that state-funded services, including abortion and contraception, are available. The pregnancy centers say that form of "compelled speech" violates their First Amendment rights.
  • Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky: Minnesota bans political apparel — wearing a "political badge, political button, or other political insignia" — at polling places. That includes wearing the logos of political advocacy groups. A coalition of Tea Party organizations sued, claiming that these "speech-free zones" are unconstitutional. Nine other states have similar laws on the books.
  • Lozman v. Riviera Beach: The third case granted this morning involves a man who was arrested after refusing to stop speaking at a city council meeting. He says his arrest was retaliation for his criticism of local officials.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.