Trump's 'truly great' pick for Supreme Court sworn in

Kari Scott
April 18, 2017

The National Rifle Association spent a reported $1 million on pro-Gorsuch ads during the campaign that led to his confirmation by the Senate on a 54-45 vote last Friday.

The court will hear the final 13 cases of the term in April. Faced with their injustice against Garland and Democrats' substantive opposition to Gorsuch's judicial record, the Republican majority could have asked President Trump to consider a more acceptable nominee, had they truly valued collegiality.

The confirmation came after Republicans changed Senate rules to water down the filibuster, allowing endless debate to be cut off with 51 votes instead of 60 on Supreme Court nominations.

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the US Supreme Court's ninth justice, retilting the bench to the right as he filled the seat left vacant by last year's death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia.

If/when the Democrats regain control of the Senate, will they bring back the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees? Former Justice John Paul Stevens has argued that holding the public ceremony at the court helps drive home the justice's independence from the White House.

It is time for liberals to move on from obstructing the government and work to advance the agenda Americans voted for in November. Law firm partner. Justice Department official. This gives newly minted Justice Neil Gorsuch a chance to make his mark.

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But as an acolyte of Scalia whose rulings have skewed conservative on most issues, Gorsuch picked up almost unanimous opposition from Democrats and their liberal allies, who were willing to give up filibuster rights now rather than waiting for a potential second Trump nomination.

Mr Gorsuch, who was sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy, becomes the 113th justice to serve on the high court. The trucking company fired him for abandoning their property, but the appeals court ordered his reinstatement. Those could include cases ranging from a fair housing dispute in Miami to a cross-border shooting on the Mexican border in Arizona. The state constitution bars the use of public funds "directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, or denomination of religion". Consequently, the state turned down the church's application for a grant to cover the cost of resurfacing a playground with recycled scrap-tire material.

He'll also begin hearing arguments and casting votes in those cases, as the court is still in session until June.

The latter case has been on the court's petition calendar for months without an order being issued.

Who wins? Trump, of course-along with the corporations, red states, and conservative activists who are about to triumph at the Supreme Court.

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