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What Does Judge Gorsuch Believe?

On the second day of hearings, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is offering few clues as to how he’d rule on specific issues if confirmed.
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Updated at 7:22 p.m. ET

On the second day of his confirmation hearings to be a Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch seemed eager to be judged on his own merits. But three figures loomed over the proceedings—the two jurists he’s being closely evaluated against, and the president who’s injected controversy into his nomination.

The first was Antonin Scalia, the longtime conservative jurist who Gorsuch hopes to replace on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump vowed during the campaign to nominate a jurist “in the mold” of Scalia—a pledge that thrilled conservatives as much as it worried liberals.

But attempts by the Democratic senators on Tuesday to reveal new dimensions of Gorsuch’s ideological beliefs have been largely unsuccessful. The 49-year-old federal appellate

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