February 01, 2017

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court

“So was that a surprise? Was it?” asked President Donald Trump when he announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. While not much of a surprise, it was a huge disappointment for the Democrats still angry over Republican’s decision to ignore former President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. (Remember that guy?) 

The nomination of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado, gives the GOP an opportunity to steer the court to the right and keep it that way for decades. In some of Gorsuch’s better known court cases, he sided with both Hobby Lobby’s and Little Sisters of the Poor’s argument that their faith made it impossible to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s policies, namely the requirement to provide health insurance that covers contraceptives. His selection will no doubt kick off an intense fight with Senate Democrats who want to return the favor for the GOP blocking Merrick Garland. (Whatever happened to that guy?)

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