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Justice Neil Gorsuch begins hearing arguments at the Supreme Court today, after a lengthy confirmation process that divided the United States Senate. His tenure on the Supreme Court has only just begun, but it could have a major impact on the court’s political leanings in years to come.  

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NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland speaks at Timothy McVeigh's first presentment hearing at Tinker Air Force Base on April 21, 1995.
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President Obama’s nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court was a key figure in the federal government’s investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing. Merrick Garland moved to Oklahoma immediately after the terrorist attack.

During his speech announcing the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, Obama said Garland had a sterling record as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1995, he oversaw every aspect of the federal response to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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The end of June was a busy few days for both the state and federal judiciary. As the U.S. Supreme Court wound down its term, opinions in some of the widest-reaching cases came in the final few days.

But a lot of the reasons behind all of this began years ago.

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