AP Gov Blog # 8

Posted by JOANNA BLUME on 2/7/2022

As we begin to conclude our study of the Judicial Branch of government, I would like for us to reflect on the role of this branch and the importance of presidential judicial appointments.  

"During the spring 2020 presidential primaries, days before his set of big wins on Super Tuesday, Biden pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, if elected. Now, with the chance to do so, just over three-quarters of Americans (76%) want Biden to consider "all possible nominees." Just 23% want him to automatically follow through on his history-making commitment that the White House seems keen on seeing through."

Q1.  How do you feel about President Biden's decision to appoint the first African American female to the U.S. Supreme Court?  Do you stand with the 76% surveyed who would rather the president consider "all possible nominees"? Or, do you stand with the 23% surveyed who want him to follow through with his commitment? Defend your response.  

Q2.  Describe how ideological changes in the composition of the Supreme Court due to presidential appointments have led to the Court’s establishing new or rejecting existing precedents.  Give at least one example.

Q3.  Explain how the other branches of government can limit the Supreme Court’s power.


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