Trump taps conservative Supreme Court nominee
US President Donald Trump tapped last night a “not divisive” conservative to fill a Supreme Court vacancy left last year by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Neil Gorsuch, 49, is the youngest appointee in 25 years. As Politico wrote yesterday: “Gorsuch has the resume of a man seemingly destined for the high court: the son of a Reagan Cabinet member, a graduate of Harvard and Oxford, and a clerk for two Supreme Court justices who has worked in the Justice Department and spent a decade on the federal bench. In conservative legal circles, he is favored as a worthy intellectual heir to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.” The New York Times has straight ahead news of the appointment here, but junkies for Supreme Court news will want to read USSC correspondent Adam Liptak’s excellent dissection: In Judge Neil Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style.
Meanwhile, a dissent cable penned by US diplomats less-than-enamored with Trump’s immigration order has now earned 1,000 signatures.