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Chapter One: The Supreme Court’s Power


Published December 23, 2020

The unique position of the Supreme Court stems from the deep commitment of the American people to the rule of law and constitutional government. The best-known power of the Supreme Court is judicial review, which often leads the Supreme Court decides the most fundamental questions in our society.

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Discussion Questions

  1. How does the Supreme Court compare in its power to the other two branches of government?
  2. If you were president and had the opportunity to make an appointment to the Supreme Court, how would you choose your nominee?

Additional Resources

  • To learn more, read “Socialism vs. the American Constitutional Structure: The Advantages of Decentralization and Federalism,” by John Yoo. Available here.
  • Watch “The Supreme Court’s Role in Restoring Federalism,” with John Yoo. Available here.
  • Watch “Executive Power in the Constitution,” with John Yoo via C-SPAN. Available here.