Justice Gorsuch Caps a Prolific, Powerful First Term on Supreme Court

“Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is a brilliant, witty, handsome, eloquent, perfectly pedigreed judge. He is, to put it another way, an extraordinarily difficult jurist for Democrats to oppose.” – Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern on Jan. 31, 2017 “Gorsuch is the worst kind of justice. He is a reactionary who dresses up his…
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Democrats Grow a Spine, Lose Their Minds on Gorsuch

The liberal base seems to be elated that Democrats have finally “grown a spine,” to wage an all out war against President Donald Trump. The problem appears to be that they’ve lost their brains in the process. It comes as little surprise that Democrats would quickly morph into the new “Party of No,” after all,…
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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick is a Perfect Scalia Successor

“The Constitution,” according to President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, “isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams … but a carefully drafted text judges are charged with applying according to its original public meaning.” It’s a philosophy befitting the replacement of Justice Antonin Scalia, the ardent, colorful…
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Justice Ginsburg’s Unprecedented Political Stand

There couldn’t have been a more unlikely pairing than Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Scalia was a bombastic Reagan appointee known for his rhetorical verve and spicy language. Ginsburg was a reserved, no-nonsense Clinton appointee who rarely made headlines. He was a textualist who fought for a minimalist role for the Court…
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Garland’s Appointment Could Lead to the Most Liberal Supreme Court in 80 Years

How liberal is Merrick Garland, Obama’s pick to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court? There’s somewhat of an online battle over the point. Take, for instance, Garland’s Wikipedia page, which saw a series of back-and-forth edits to his description as a “judicial moderate” and a “strong liberal.” If Wikipedia editors aren’t your…
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Democrats Made Their Bed in Politicizing Nominations, Now They Must Lay In It

In normal times, such as those when an Italian American named Antonin Scalia can be unanimously confirmed by a 98-0 vote, I would have more time to write posts examining Scalia’s life, jurisprudential impact, and judicial legacy. These are not normal times. In the hours after Scalia’s death during a hunting vacation in Texas, the…
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The Remarkable, Influential Life of Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the foremost legal minds and writers in a generation, was found dead on Saturday following a day of hunting–one of his favorite hobbies–at a ranch in West Texas. During his nearly 30 years on the court, Scalia developed a reputation for his sharp tongue and rapier wit, both of which…
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Tearing Down the Straw Men Surrounding the Hobby Lobby Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is stirring up a hornet’s nest of anger and vitriol. The problem is that liberal commentators and Democratic politicians seem to believe that the decision reaches much farther than it does, and they seem intent on spreading the misinformation. Here’s a sampling of the inanity: It’s…
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McCutcheon and the Real Death of Democracy

Taking a page from the Nietzsche playbook, Democrats have declared democracy dead. The unlikely murderer is a little known electrical engineer named Shaun McCutcheon who now acts as CEO of an engineering firm that specializes in the mining industry. He’s also a dedicated Republican activist and donor who generally maxes out his contribution limits under…
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Obama's Shocking Attack on the Supreme Court A True Threat to Founder's Vision

For a Harvard law graduate and University of Chicago law professor you’d think President Obama would have a better handle on one of the most famous Supreme Court cases in the history of, well…history. The case is Marbury v. Madison and it helped form the basis for the exercise of judicial review in America. As…
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