Neil Gorsuch is a significant and meaningful choice for SCOTUS. The image above is not fake, it really is his Harvard Law yearbook photo. If he was a Democratic pick, that one image would end him. Since he is a Republican pick, democrats have a Big Tent instead of a spine, and Republicans have no ethical floor to avoid crashing into, he will be confirmed. Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks, after US President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2017.President Donald Trump on nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee, tilting the balance of the court back in the conservatives' favor. / AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) He is a very conservative judge, probably more conservative than anyone who has been on the court in recent memory or possibly ever. This pick seems to say a lot about how the Trump administration seems to be … [Read more...] about Neil Gorsuch: to the right of Scalia?
"There's no such things as not voting. Not voting is voting," said Eric Liu. "It's voting to hand your power over to someone else who's gonna say, 'Thank you very much. Let me take that voice and that power and exercise it in your name, but in my interests.'" Makes sense, right? And yet, less than half of eligible voters are expected to show up at the polls this Tuesday. And that's a vexing problem according to Liu. "I think the greatest enemy here is indifference," he told Mo Rocca. "Indifference can take various forms. One is, 'The game is rigged, so why should I even bother paying attention? My vote doesn't matter.' The other form is, 'Huh? What?' Not even apathy, but complete ignorance.'" He said there has been, across the country, a disinvestment in civic education, which is why Liu started Citizen University, a program that travels the country teaching people of all ages the lost art of civics. "Civics? Didn't I take that in high school?" If you're over the age of 60, you … [Read more...] about Civics lessons: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch on promoting education in citizenship
Catherine Lucey, Associated Press Updated 10:29 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2018 Now Playing: A day after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Democratic senators joined demonstrators outside the Supreme Court, promising a spirited fight as President Trump prepares to make his second Supreme Court nomination. (June 28) Media: Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican game plan for selecting the next member of the Supreme Court was ready to go even before longtime Justice Anthony Kennedy made his retirement announcement this week. Kennedy's news that he'll leave the court next month immediately activated a network of White House aides, congressional allies and outside advocates, all set for their second Supreme Court confirmation fight in two years. With the successful push for Justice Neil Gorsuch still fresh in their minds, their effort this time is expected to follow a similar playbook. Trump hit the ground running Thursday, meeting … [Read more...] about Court confirmation process likely to follow Gorsuch playbook
Democrats who voted for President Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, met with the president Thursday to talk about the Supreme Court, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. All three are facing difficult re-election races, in states that strongly supported Mr. Trump during the presidential election, and they could find it difficult to oppose the president's second pick. Last year, Trump's first nominee to the court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45, with only these three Democrats voting in favor. Manchin indicated he was keeping an open mind. "I just think you have to go through a process," he said. "I want qualifications. Somebody that's well qualified, understands the Constitution and the rule of law." Donnelly said he had a "good conversation" with Mr. Trump and "will thoroughly review the record and qualifications" of the nominee. Manchin called his … [Read more...] about Senate Democrats who voted for Gorsuch meet with Trump
Justice Neil Gorsuch's role in his first full term on the Supreme Court offers a striking illustration of the difference a single justice can make, and why both sides are gearing up for a titanic fight over replacing retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The term that roared to its finish Wednesday — before it was overshadowed by Kennedy's announcement of his retirement — was a triumphal one for conservatives. In Kennedy's last term and the first for Gorsuch, Kennedy's former law clerk, both justices were part of 5-4 conservative majorities to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban, deal labor unions a major financial setback, affirm Ohio's aggressive purge of its voter rolls and prohibit millions of workers from banding together to complain about pay. Those cases probably all would have come out differently — if they even had made their way to the Supreme Court — had the seat Gorsuch holds instead been filled by Judge Merrick Garland, whom President Barack … [Read more...] about Gorsuch Shows How Much 1 Vote Matters on Supreme Court