Trump announces Supreme Court pick – Democrats vow to fight nomination

Daily News Article - February 2, 2017


1. In a televised announcement on Tuesday night, President Trump introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch of Denver as his nominee for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. List Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications/experience.

2. a) What type of judicial philosophy does Judge Gorsuch adhere to?
b) What did he say about judges in a speech at Case Western Reserve University's law school?

3. What was the outcome of the 2006 Senate vote on Gorsuch’s nomination for the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver?

4. How did Judge Gorsuch explain his support for Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor when they challenged Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate because it required them to pay for the Morning After pill (an abortifacient)?

5. What did Judge Gorsuch write in a book about Euthanasia?

6. There are two types of judges: activist and originalist/textualist. Progressives (liberals) generally support the nomination of activist judges and conservatives generally support the nomination of originalist judges.

a) Judge Gorsuch is an originalist. He makes his decisions in a case on what the law says. Do you support the nomination of activist or originalist judges? Explain your answer.
b) Regardless of your political party, should the opposing party try to delay or thwart the nomination of a qualified nominee just because he/she is an activist judge or an originalist? Explain your answer.

7. Watch the press conference with President Trump introducing Judge Gorsuch as his nominee for U.S. Supreme Court and Gorsuch’s following remarks. What do you think of introducing Judge Gorsuch to the American people - of going directly to the people with this nominee? (helpful, successful, efficient, modern, not appropriate, …) Explain your answer.
(Consider this: President Trump tweets updates daily. He also comments in real time. President Obama’s White House was the first presidency to make use of social media: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. President Obama has been called the “first social-media president.” Is this a good way for presidents to communicate with the American people today? Explain your answer.)