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On Monday, all eyes will be on Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, as the Senate considers whether to approve President Trump's nominee for the late Justice Antonin Scalia's vacated seat -- a seat that's sat empty for over a year now. The hearings, which could last for days, are bound to be a spectacle, in all senses of the word.
To help you get ready, we've compiled some of the internet's most interesting pieces on Gorsuch, his background and philosophy, and what you can expect to come up at the hearings. Consider it some light reading for your weekend confirmation prep.
If you're still becoming familiar with Gorsuch, here are some good places to turn. There is, of course, this blog's writing on Gorsuch's nomination, the impact he could have on the Court, his most important Tenth Circuit cases, and his nonjudicial writing.
As always, SCOTUSblog also has a wealth of resources on all things SCOTUS-y, including Gorsuch's jurisprudence. Their series looking at Gorsuch's approach to the law touches on everything from the judge's (quite controversial) stance on administrative law to his (closely related) view of the separation of powers doctrine. You can read the series here.
Gorsuch's past at the DOJ is certain to be an issue during the nomination hearings as well. The Washington Post and New York Times both have pieces on Gorsuch's role defending the George W. Bush administration as a DOJ attorney.
How the Hearings May Go
Want a glimpse into the very near future? The National Law Journal's Tony Mauro takes a look at what you can expect during the hearings, from "opening statements from senators that run too long" to where Gorsuch stands on the "Scalia Index Score."
If you're worried whether Gorsuch will be prepared, we have covered Gorsuch's nomination prep, including his use of "murder boards." (For some extra fun, only tangentially related reading, William Safire's 1987 piece on the origin of the term can be found here.)
Finally, after a report on Democrats' weak opposition to Gorscuh, Politico has a story on the pressures Senate Dems now face from liberal advocacy groups, whose concerns will influence the hearings. The National Review pushes back on expected Democratic "lines of attack," here, while the AP takes a look at how Chevron deference could be dealt with next week.
That should hold you over 'til Monday.