• How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone
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    How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone

    There’s a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job security. And there’s only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. If you want to become a justice on the Supreme Court, the highest federal court in the United States, three things have to happen. You have to be nominated by the president of the United States, your nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, and finally, the president must formally appoint you to the court. Because the Constitution doesn’t specify any qualifications, in other words, that there’s no age, education, profession, or even native-born citizenship requirement, a…

  • McDonald v. Chicago | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute
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    McDonald v. Chicago | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute

    Male Presenter: In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that an individual’s right to bear arms as a citizen of the country also protected them against state laws banning guns. Female Presenter: On what basis was the case decided? This is the story of McDonald v. Chicago. [music] Male Presenter: In 2008, various neighborhoods in inner-city Chicago were experiencing a sharp decline. Plagued with crime and violence, many citizens hoped to defend themselves. Female Presenter: One of these citizens was 76-year-old Otis McDonald, a retired mechanical engineer who hoped to ride out his twilight years in the Morgan Park neighborhood where he had lived since 1971. With his own property having…

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    Judicial Decisions: Crash Course Government and Politics #22

    Craig: Hello, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re gonna look at the Supreme Court from a different angle. We’re gonna try to get inside the justices’ heads. Bwahahahahah! Not literally, obviously, but we’re gonna look at the factors that influence the way they decide cases, other than the structure of the court system. So we’re pretty far away from the Constitution here and straddling the nebulous world of government, politics, and dare I say it, history. [Theme Music] Justices, especially on the Supreme Court, are supposed to be independent, but that doesn’t mean they make their decisions in a vacuum. They make them…

  • The conservative movement transforming America’s courts
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    The conservative movement transforming America’s courts

    -You put the wrong justices on the Supreme Court and this country will never, ever, be the same. We have to pick one that’s gonna be there for forty years. From one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. -Leonard Leo is the executive vice president of the Federalist Society. He advises President Trump on judicial nominations. -The Federalist Society is about results. They see judges, along with the Republican Party, as pathways to power. -You don’t mess around with judges. You get them confirmed. You get them confirmed quickly. -If you’ve got a group that’s been in-sourced into…

  • Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary
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    Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As we continue our coverage of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, we are joined by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lipton of The New York Times. He recently co-wrote a piece headlined “In Gorsuch, Conservative Activist Sees Test Case for Reshaping the Judiciary.” The piece looks at how a top official at the Federalist Society, named Leonard Leo, is playing a key role in helping Trump behind the scenes. AMY GOODMAN: Leonard Leo is currently on leave from the Federalist Society to help shepherd Gorsuch’s nomination. In addition to nominating Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, President Trump has 123 other federal judgeships to fill, because Senate Republicans blocked…