Senate Confirms Noel Francisco as Solicitor General

Senators on Tuesday confirmed Noel Francisco as solicitor general of the United States—the nation’s top lawyer before the U.S. Supreme Court—ending weeks of delays and obstruction, just days before the Trump administration will begin arguing a host of major cases before the justices. The vote was shockingly narrow with a tally of 50-47.

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Klukowski: Justices Gorsuch and Scalia’s Legacy on Independence Day

President Donald Trump set a high bar when he promised to nominate a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia who would fill the shoes of the conservative lion. Last month’s decisions proved Justice Neil Gorsuch is indeed an originalist in the mold of Justice Scalia whom all Americans can celebrate this Independence Day, though it will take years for the newest justice to set forth all the nuances of his legal philosophy.

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Big Cases Still Waiting for Supreme Court Decisions in 2017

Seventeen cases from this year’s Supreme Court term are still pending, with decisions expected in the next eight days. Religious liberty, the constitutional rights of illegal aliens, and free-speech rights to express messages some people find offensive are several of the high-profile issues raised in the remaining cases.

WASHINGTON, DC-JAN 27: President Trump will most likely fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court this year. Many expect him to put forward a conservative justice that will tip the balance of the court. This will particularly be important as conservatives hope to overturn cases such as Roe v. Wade. …

Sen. Collins Leaning Toward Constitutional Option

WASHINGTON—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) signaled she might vote for the constitutional option to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which would make her the second member of the Gang of 14 to do so, and move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one vote closer to the 50 that he needs to make it happen.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) talks with reporters before heading into the GOP policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol February 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Congress is heading for a showdown with the White House as they threaten to cut off funding for the Homeland Security Department in reaction to President …

Senate Set for Historic Supreme Court Vote on Friday

WASHINGTON—This week’s Senate showdown over the pending Supreme Court confirmation will go down in history because by next weekend America will either see the first ever successful partisan filibuster of a nominee or the Senate will reject using filibusters to block presidential nominations.

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Judge Neil Gorsuch Promises Senators He Will Uphold the Constitution as Written

Judge Neil Gorsuch gave his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday on the first day of hearings on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. In it he unpacked his views on the job of unelected judges in a democratic republic, giving his personal story and pledging to be a public servant who faithfully follows the Constitution and the laws enacted by the people’s elected representatives.

<> on March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.