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The U.S. Senate, voting 54-45 on April 7, confirmed Neil Gorsuch’s high court nomination. The new justice made his argument debut that month and dominated the questioning in the first case to come before him. Gorsuch, who filled the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat, quickly made clear that he was no cautious freshman by his aggressive questions, strong dissents and close alignment with staunch conservatives—Samuel Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas. Controversy soon stalked Gorsuch for a speaking engagement in Washington’s Trump Hotel and appearances in Kentucky with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

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