Australian National University’s decision to consider and ultimately reject funding from the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation has drawn ire from both sides, raising questions over what constitutes fundamental liberal arts studies and also what goes into maintaining donor relationships in a polarized environment.
Roy Moore’s candidacy for Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat is imperiled by the accusations of sexual misconduct against him. But these serious allegations aside, the nonprofit he runs raises other important questions about his public ethics.
Last night, Donald Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a judge currently serving on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch, 49, was educated at Columbia, Harvard Law, and received his doctorate from University College at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. He is a fourth-generation native Coloradan, but spent his teenage years in the Washington, D.C. area when his mother, Ann Gorsuch, served as EPA Administrator in the Reagan administration. Gorsuch’s legal career began when he served as a clerk for a U.S. appeals court judge and two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. (If confirmed, Gorsuch would be the first former clerk to serve as a justice alongside a justice for whom he clerked.) Following his clerkships, he was a law firm associate and partner in private practice for 11 years.
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