The Five Frontrunners

With less than one week left until President Trump announces his nominee to fill the second SCOTUS vacancy since he took office, not all names are getting equal attention.  President Trump indicated the other day that he narrowed down his initial list to five finalists.  While all members on this whittled down list are not known, a few judges…

Analyzing News Coverage of Merrick Garland’s Nomination

(image from NPR)   With the help of a nifty tool piece of software that performs topic modeling, I distilled some of the major themes that appeared in national and local news covering the Garland nomination in print and online (this include several articles from some of the most widely read papers, e.g. New York Times…

How Does Garland Compare?

Courtesy of data from the Federal Judicial Center I have compiled statistics for each current Supreme Court Justice as well as for Justice Scalia and Judge Garland.  This should give you some idea of how Garland compares to the current Justices as well as to the Justice who sat on the seat that he will potentially take….