Political Control of America’s Courts: Examining the Facts is part of ABC- CLIO’s Contemporary Debates reference series. Each title in this series, which is intended for use by high school and undergraduate students as well as members of the general public, examines the veracity of controver- sial claims or beliefs surrounding a major political/cultural issue in the United States. The purpose of this series is to give readers a clear and unbiased understanding of current issues by informing them about false- hoods, half-truths, and misconceptions—and confirming the factual valid- ity of other assertions—that have gained traction in America’s political and cultural discourse. Ultimately, this series has been crafted to give read- ers the tools for a fuller understanding of controversial issues, policies, and laws that occupy center stage in American life and politics. Each volume in this series identifies 30 to 40 questions swirling about the larger topic under discussion. These questions are examined in indi- vidualized entries, which are in turn arranged in broad subject chapters that cover certain aspects of the issue being examined: for example, his- tory of concern about the issue, potential economic or social impact, or findings of latest scholarly research. Each chapter features 3 to 10 individual entries. Each entry begins by stating an important and/or well-known Question about the issue being studied—for example, “Are nominations and confirmations to the federal bench based on factors beyond merit?” “Did President Trump’s judicial appointments fundamentally re-make the federal judiciary for decades to How to Use This Book
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