AD: The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

*UPDATE: Trump set a record for the most federal appeals judges confirmed during both his first  and second years of a presidency, inlcuding two Supreme Court Justice (one confirmed and one pending) picks. 

1/31/17: President Trump picked Neil Gorsuch for nominee for the US Supreme Court. We give President Trump an A here based on three simple facts.
1: Mr. Gorsuch is more than qualified for the position. He was American federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1991, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law (Legal Philosophy) from University College Oxford and served as Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. 
2: His conservative background aligns with the majority of American population. Most identify themselves as Conservatives. 
3: When he was nominated to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote which is to say, unanimously. Twelve of the 48 current Democratic senators were also in the Senate then, and not one of the 12 chose to vote against him.
Although Mr. Gorsuch was more than qualified, the Democrats acted to block the vote (even after Republicans helped approve President Obama's first two Supreme Court Justic picks) by using a procedural filibuster.

4/7/17: However Neil Goruch was confirmed as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court with a 54-45 in favor confirmation. The Republican Senate was forced to use the Nuclear Option to pass him through. 

​11/9/17: When it comes to nominating judges to the federal bench, Trump is moving at a breakneck pace. Mr. Trump has now nominated over 100  judges filling far more vacancies than his predecssor Barack Obama did in his entire first year. In fact Trump will get to fill the most federal judiciary vacancies in 40 years.

4/10/18: President Donald Trump announced his 12th wave of judicial nominees for 19 lifetime federal judgeships including two short-listers for the U.S. Supreme Court.

​6/28/18: Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. His was historically a swing vote in the Supreme Court. President Trump will now be able to selecte a second Supreme Court Justice. 

7/11/18:  Trump signed an executive order aimed at tightening his administration’s control over regulatory judges. The order allows agency heads to directly hire administrative law judges, the officials who rule on legal issues related to government regulations.

7/20/18:  Trump broke a record on for the number (23) of appeals court judges confirmed during a president's first two years.  

7/25/18: Trump issues executive rrder to reclassify administrative law judges.

10/16/18: President Trump's second Supreme Court Justice pick, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed after a lenghty and historic battle. The final vote was 50-48. Only one Democrat voted yes.