What I Learned This Week

Lost amid the chaos and upheaval of the Trump administration is the competency and speed with which the current president is remaking the nation’s federal judiciary.

Trump entered office with the most judicial vacancies since Bill Clinton—largely thanks to Senator Mitch McConnell’s filibustering of Obama’s nominees. Together Trump and McConnell have been filling those vacancies as fast as possible, packing the nation’s courts with predominantly white, male conservative judges, whose lifetime appointments will mean the federal benches look a lot less like the country they preside over. In last weekend’s New York Times Magazine, Charles Homans penned a profile of Senator McConnell—a politician willing to break the Senate in order to assure that the judicial branch will uphold the agenda of his minority-majority. The unprecedented number of conservative-…

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