How Amy Coney Barrett Will Influence the Supreme Court

How Amy Coney Barrett Will Influence the Supreme Court

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on September 26, 2020)

Pesident Trump announced last week that his nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be a woman. According to early reports, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is seen as the favorite to replace Ginsburg. Recent reports have confirmed her selection.

At just 48 years old, Barrett is likely to be the youngest woman to be nominated to the Court as well as the second-youngest Justice to be nominated overall. Aside from the inevitable Senate battle that’s likely to ensue in the coming weeks, the Louisiana native has been seen as a rising star among many religious conservatives. Barrett’s exact influence on the Court remains to be seen. If confirmed, her presence would give conservatives a major win from a SCOTUS term marred by equally major losses on the high court. It will have an immeasurable influence for decades to come.

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Trump is on track to confirm more judges than any other president in their first term

Trump is on track to confirm more judges than any other president in their first term

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on June 14, 2020)

After an unprecedented rise to the presidency nearly four years ago, President Trump has presided over an equally unprecedented rate of judicial confirmations from Senate Republicans and himself. 1 in 4 circuit court judges are now Trump appointees, cementing a legacy that’s likely going to see [and ensure] a conservative tilt for decades to come.

Regardless of what the outcome will be in November’s election, Trump’s rate of judicial confirmations will probably never be seen again for at least a generation. As of June 13th, Trump is itching close to confirm the second-most federal judges in a president’s first term, and Senate Republicans are determined to keep up the pace.

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Is the criticism of the media over their coverage of the Mueller investigation justified?

Is the criticism of the media over their coverage of the Mueller investigation justified?

By Alexander Heller

Just as we journalism majors were enjoying some much needed downtime during spring break, the Special Counsel’s office of Robert Mueller III decided to end its nearly two year investigation into whether or not Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election into his favor. As the Special Counsel was gathering evidence and indicting 34 individuals, the answer as to whether or not Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election was an unequivocal yes throughout the Justice Department, the Intelligence Community and the Special Counsel’s office. 

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