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Sub News Item 2/16/2017 – Sen. Baldwin meets Gorsuch, restates her opposition
After meeting Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said the two had a "respectful and thoughtful conversation," but she reiterated her plans to vote against him and to support a filibuster against his nomination. “I found Judge Gorsuch to be very smart and we discussed a number of his rulings that I continue to have deep concerns about, including decisions against disabled students, against workers, and against women’s reproductive health care,” Baldwin said in a statement. read full story

Sub News Item 2/16/2017 – Casey expresses ‘real concerns’ about Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's mind isn't made up on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but Casey said Thursday he has “some real concerns” about Gorsuch's judicial philosophy and some of his past opinions. read full story

Sub News Item 2/16/2017 – Gorsuch confirmation hearing set for March 20
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been scheduled for March 20. The hearing for President Donald Trump’s most high-profile and consequential nominee this year is expected to last three to four days. Opening statements from senators on the committee and Gorsuch will be on March 20, and questioning of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge will be held on March 21. Senators will also hear testimony from outside experts. read full story

Sub News Item 2/14/2017 – White House, Gorsuch Could Clash on Search and Seizure
Protections for non-citizens against unreasonable government searches and seizures could be an area of disagreement between President Donald J. Trump and his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is known for his hard-nose, originalist approach to interpreting the Fourth Amendment—which protects people from unreasonable government searches and seizures—and has been likened to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom he would replace if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to an evidence professor. read full story

Sub News Item 2/15/2017 – McConnell: I share Gorsuch’s concerns about attacks on judges
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he agrees with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that attacks on individual judges are “demoralizing.” “I happen to agree with what [Gorsuch] said,” McConnell said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe." read full story

Sub News Item 2/14/2017 – Former law clerks herald Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s independence
One thing you can say about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: He inspires loyalty among his former law clerks, no matter their politics. Every one of them who worked for Gorsuch since he became a judge in 2006 — with the exception of two now clerking at the Supreme Court — signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday heralding his independence that "will never waver." read full story

Sub News Item 2/14/2017 – Older Judges and Vacant Seats Give Trump Huge Power to Shape American Courts
In the weeks since taking office, President Trump has derided court decisions as “ridiculous” and “disgraceful,” called the legitimacy of federal judges into question and encouraged people to blame the courts in the event of another terrorist attack. But Mr. Trump could soon find himself responsible for appointing a greater share of federal court judges than any first-term president in 40 years, in large part because of a growing number of older judges and a stack of vacancies on the federal courts. read full story

Sub News Item 2/7/2017 – Democrats to Grill Judge Neil Gorsuch on Disputed Pro Bono Work
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday they would question Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch about his pro bono work at Harvard Law School, which President Donald Trump highlighted in introducing Judge Gorsuch last week. read full story

Sub News Item 2/7/2017 – Schumer: Gorsuch avoided questions ‘like the plague’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) met privately with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for about 45 minutes on Tuesday. In Schumer’s retelling, it did not go well.

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Sub News Item 2/6/2017 – Gorsuch seen as business-friendly on labor, workplace issues
In a decade as a federal appeals court judge, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has criticized courts for giving too much power to government agencies that enforce the nation's labor and employment laws. As a lawyer in private practice, he also backed curbs on some class-action lawsuits. His conservative approach could tip the balance in labor rights cases and other high court clashes that have split the court. read full story

Sub News Item 2/6/2017 – Gorsuch to barnstorm the Senate this week
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is ramping up his Senate charm offensive this week, scheduling meetings with a slew of red-state Senate Democrats and Democratic leaders who’ll be a major influence in determining whether he gets confirmed later this year. read full story

Sub News Item 2/5/2017 – Trump’s blasts at judge raise questions for Gorsuch on independence
President Trump’s Twitter assault on the “so-called judge” who put a nationwide hold on the president’s executive order on immigration has motivated Democrats to challenge Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, on an important but elusive issue. read full story

Sub News Item 2/4/2017 – Pence pressures Democrats to not block Gorsuch for Supreme Court
The battle lines sharpened Saturday over the looming confirmation fight of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, as Vice President Mike Pence pressured Senate Democrats not to obstruct the nomination of a judge who was confirmed unanimously to his current place on the federal bench. read full story

Sub News Item 2/3/2017 – High court nominee Gorsuch likely Trump ally in regulation cuts
President Trump’s pledge to cut back on regulation of the nation’s businesses may have taken a big step forward with his nomination this week of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, who has been a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver for the past 10½ years, is probably best known for his broad view of religious freedom — including a business owner’s freedom not to provide insurance coverage for female employees’ contraceptive care — and his philosophical kinship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom he would succeed on the high court. read full story

Sub News Item – Grassley Outlines Timeline for Confirming Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley is laying out his plan to get Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court before the Easter recess. The Republican from Iowa has a roughly six week timeline for getting Gorsuch, the 10th Circuit appellate judge from Colorado who was named Tuesday night by President Donald Trump, as his choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the highest court. read full story

Sub News Item 2/3/2017 – New Poll Shows Unease With ‘Nuclear Option’ for Supreme Court Pick
A new poll commissioned by progressive groups has found that nearly seven in 10 voters say they’re against using the “nuclear option” to confirm a Supreme Court justice. The survey was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for NARAL, Every Voice and End Citizens United, and shared first with Roll Call. read full story

Sub News Item 1/31/2017 – A fractured U.S. Senate awaits Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
The U.S. Senate headed for its most heated Supreme Court confirmation hearings in more than a decade on Tuesday, with both parties facing intense pressure to prevail in one of the defining political battles of President Trump’s nascent term. Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the high court, is to visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday. read full story

Sub News Item 1/31/2017 – Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court
President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the 11-month-old vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night, fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint a staunch conservative justice to replace Antonin Scalia. In a primetime ceremony at the White House, Trump praised Gorsuch as among the finest jurists in the country and a worthy successor to the conservative icon he would replace. read full story

Sub News Item 1/31/2017 – Supreme gambit a risky venture for Dems
President Trump’s Supreme Court pick — set to be announced tonight — will spur a fierce Senate battle that could backfire on the Democrats who are threatening to filibuster over the nominee. That gambit would force the GOP to use the so-called “nuclear option,” allowing the high court hopeful to be appointed with a simple majority vote of 50 senators plus one — instead of the 60 votes now required. Republicans control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats. read full story

Sub News Item 1/30/2017 – Donald Trump Supreme Court choice announcement coming Tuesday 8 p.m.
President Donald Trump tweeted that he will reveal his choice to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court in an announcement Tuesday night. "I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.)," the President tweeted. read full story

Sub News Item 1/27/2017 – Thomas Hardiman, under consideration for Supreme Court, is a champion of gun rights
Judge Thomas M. Hardiman, one of three leading contenders to be named by President Trump to the Supreme Court, is a conservative jurist from Pittsburgh with a personal story not unlike many of the blue-collar voters who catapulted Trump to the White House. read full story

Sub News Item 1/26/2017 – Trump backs nuclear option if Dems block SCOTUS nominee
If Senate Democrats block his Supreme Court pick, President Donald Trump would encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go nuclear and further erode the Senate filibuster. In an interview taped with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday morning, Trump said he “would” encourage McConnell to kill the 60-vote threshold on nominees to the high court. read full story

Sub News Item 1/26/2017 – Chief federal judge in Nashville to resign
The chief federal judge in Nashville says he plans to resign his post. Chief U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp confirmed in an email he intended to send his resignation letter to the president Thursday. read full story

Sub News Item 1/24/2017 – A Supreme Court Pick Is Promised. A Political Brawl Is Certain.
President Trump said on Tuesday that he would reach a decision this week on his nominee to fill the nearly yearlong vacancy on the Supreme Court, a choice that will plunge the nation’s capital into what promises to be an all-consuming political fight only weeks into his presidency. read full story

Sub News Item 1/24/2017 – Examining the top contenders on Trump’s Supreme Court list
President Donald Trump has made clear he's winnowed down his list of potential Supreme Court nominees -- and may be days away from making the announcement. read full story

Sub News Item 1/24/2017 – Conservative Colorado judge emerges as a top contender to fill Scalia’s Supreme Court seat
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a highly regarded conservative jurist best known for upholding religious liberty rights in the legal battles over Obamacare, has emerged as a leading contender for President Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 1/23/2017 – Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal From Texas on Voter ID Case
The Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal from Texas officials seeking to restore the state’s strict voter ID law. As is the court’s custom, its brief order in the case, Abbott v. Veasey, No. 16-393, gave no reasons for turning down the appeal. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued an unusual statement explaining that the Supreme Court remains free to consider the case after further proceedings in the lower courts. read full story

Sub News Item 1/24/2017 – Judge Neil Gorsuch Emerges as Leading Contender for Supreme Court
ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process. read full story

Sub News Item 1/19/2017 – Obama’s Legacy on Judicial Appointments, By the Numbers
In March of 2016, the White House announced that President Barack Obama had nominated Rebecca Ross Haywood—an African American woman—to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Yet despite being touted by supporters as "excellent" and "eminently qualified," her nomination expired earlier this month. read full story

Sub News Item 1/23/2017 – Trump’s judicial picks will affect far more than the Supreme Court
Federal courts will now turn to the right, as President Donald Trump puts his hands on the judicial tiller. Forget, for the moment, the sole Supreme Court vacancy that rivets so much political attention. read full story

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