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Der Mann, der Donald Trumps grösstes politisches Vermächtnis werden könnte


Written and designed in explainer format during the nomination, hearings and confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
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This work was on the long list for the 2018 Information is Beautiful Awards in the category of Breaking News. Read the article in German here. Written in cooperation with Haluka Maier-Borst.





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A unique visualization system was developed to show the ideological constellation on the court at the time of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.
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Additional graphics were done to show on the history of confirmation votes for past Supreme Court nominees and the increasing polarization of the Senate and public opinion.




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Case Studies
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Individual cases were used as examples to show how Anthony Kennedy’s position swayed in support for the liberal side, although he was referred to often as a conservative justice.


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Kennedy was the last judge to be confirmed to the Supreme Court without a single vote against him
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A historical review of the confirmation votes for the currently sitting Supreme Court justices


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Trump’s nominations have created the largest polarization in public opinion 
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Displayed is the procent of the population that say the Senate should confirm the justice to the court. The percent difference between republican/republican leaning and democrat/democrat leaning is the largest for Trump’s last two nominations. 


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The results of confirmation votes are becoming closer and closer – Neil Gorsuch was confirmed with just half of the Senate’s approval
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Displayed is the number of Senate votes against a candidate during their confirmation. Should a candidate receive 50 votes against him/her, they would not be confirmed. The candidates shown are those currently sitting on the Supreme Court in September 2018. 

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