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Stephen Colbert Tore Into ‘Gullible Grandma’ Susan Collins For Confirming Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett

In times of stress and strife, it’s only natural to want to lash out and blame someone for the situation. With the leak of the Supreme Court’s opinion draft about overturning Roe v. Wade and setting our entire country—not to mention women’s rights and health care—back by a half-century, Justice Samuel Alito, who penned the opinion, would be the most obvious choice. (And is a totally valid one.) But as Stephen Colbert pointed out, so would Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett “I Love Beer” Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, who were all in agreement with Alito’s opinion… despite indicating otherwise during their confirmation hearings.
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Trump-appointed justice Neil Gorsuch praised for ‘eloquent’ statement on US colonialism in Puerto Rico case

Justice Neil Gorsuch was no favorite of the left when he was nominated and confirmed to Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat five years ago, and, in his short time in the court, he has largely operated in lockstep with the conservative majority. But in a concurring opinion in a recent Supreme Court ruling that Congress can continue to exclude residents of Puerto Rico from a federal safety net program, Mr Gorsuch wrote what Democracy Now!’s Juan González called “one of the clearest and most eloquent statements exposing US colonialism that’s ever been issued by a Supreme Court justice, at...
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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Argues ‘Racist’ Decisions Against Puerto Ricans Should Be Overturned—Here’s What That Could Mean

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch called for the court Thursday to overturn a series of landmark decisions from the early 1900s that deprived residents of U.S. territories from having full constitutional rights — potentially paving the way for Puerto Rico and other territorial residents to have their rights expanded.
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Justices Neil Gorsuch and Stephen Breyer Skeptical of Federal Government’s Efforts to Keep Money Away from Veterans Unlawfully Denied Benefits for Decades

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case about a veteran’s disability benefits that were denied because the government misread and misapplied a federal law for decades. In the case stylized as George v. McDonough, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Stephen Breyer offered extreme skepticism of...
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Neil Gorsuch: Education

Neil Gorsuch received his B.A. in political science from Columbia in 1988, followed by a J.D. from Harvard in 1991, and finally, a Ph.D. in law from Oxford in 2004. While at Columbia, he wrote for the Columbia Daily Spectator and co-founded an alternative student newspaper called The Fed, as well as the magazine The Morningside Review. At Harvard, Gorsuch worked as an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and was described as conservative amidst a student population of "ardent liberals," according to the Boston Globe’s Michael Levenson.
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Neil Gorsuch (2017–Present)

At Harvard, future Justice Neil Gorsuch was classmates with future President Barack Obama. Ironically, Obama should have named the successor to Antonin Scalia's seat, but tactics by the Republican-controlled Senate stymied that effort—which led to the elevation of Justice Gorsuch by President Trump. Gorsuch clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Kennedy and White, before taking his own place on the court in 2017.
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Neil Gorsuch: Before the Supreme Court

Before his confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice, Gorsuch spent 11 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In this role, in the case of Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius, Gorsuch wrote a concurrence—or an attempt to prove both guilty action and guilty mind—when the en banc circuit determined that the Affordable Care Act law requiring employers to provide their employees with health insurance that partially covers contraception violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Politically, Gorsuch supports a broad interpretation of freedom of religion. David Savage of the Los Angeles Times described him as "a libertarian who is quick to oppose unchecked government power." President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in February 2017, and while the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination, Democrats filibustered until Republicans broke it with a simple majority vote and confirmed Gorsuch to the SCOTUS.
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Neil Gorsuch: Early career life

After completing a judicial clerkship for SCOTUS Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, Gorsuch practiced commercial law at Kellogg Huber, where he worked on securities fraud, antitrust, and contracts cases. In the case of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v Broudo, Gorsuch communicated that he believed that securities fraud litigation is burdensome to the economy. He also worked as principal deputy to Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on civil litigation cases, as well as terror litigation related to President Bush’s War on Terror. Generally, Gorsuch is a constitutional originalist, which is to say that he believes that the constitution should be deciphered as it was originally written.
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Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort to Host Florida Chapters Conference Featuring Former Vice President Mike Pence, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

The Federalist Society, a conservative political group, will host their eighth annual Florida Chapters Conference this weekend at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, featuring major conservative speakers including a former Vice President and a Supreme Court Justice. The conference is set to take place at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club...
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Media barred from Neil Gorsuch talk to Federalist Society

He's supposed to speak at an event in Lake Buena Vista on Friday. Justice Neil Gorsuch is speaking this weekend to the conservative legal group that boosted his Supreme Court candidacy, in a session at a Florida resort that is closed to news coverage. Gorsuch is billed as the banquet...

Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor say they're 'warm colleagues' after report he refused to wear a mask around her

Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor have responded to reporting about an alleged mask dispute. On Tuesday, NPR reported that Chief Justice John Roberts asked the justices on the Supreme Court to wear a mask but that Gorsuch, who sits next to Sotomayor, has declined to do so. "His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the justices' weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone," NPR wrote.
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