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Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night”

Many Senate Democrats said they plan to oppose Trump's nominee, saying his finalists tend to favor corporations over people and are hostile to abortion rights and other matters of privacy.

"I've never seen it this dysfunctional".

Top contenders have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, and with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes. Graham said on "Fox News Sunday".

Kavanaugh's nomination now heads to the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by a narrow, 51-to-49 seat GOP majority. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are potential swing votes in the coming Senate confirmation battle. The group spent a total of about $10 million past year in an effort to ease the confirmation of Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Senate will be able to confirm Barrett, Hardiman, Kavanaugh, or Kethledge, but said picking a candidate who can be confirmed quickly is important. Once that happened, I think that the Supreme Court was diminished for decades to come.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation.

The pick is expected to receive backlash from Democrats as the 2018 Mid-Term Election nears closer. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come. As a result, they will argue, the nominee is certain to pursue Trump's policy goals of undermining the Affordable Care Act and overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that barred states from outlawing abortion.

He says he will fight the nomination "with everything I have".

Once Trump names his nominee, all eyes will shift to a handful of moderate Democratic and Republican senators. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent. All are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House. Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is also a former Kennedy clerk. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.

Kavanaugh now faces the confirmation process.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work. Politico reported Monday that Hardiman is one of the president's top candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July. She's just been a federal judge for about a year.

"We are going and mobilizing where we have leverage", said Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the group.

Dating back to the nineteenth century, the filibuster is a procedural device that lets a numerical Senate minority effectively terminate a nomination or legislation by creating, or threatening to create, endless debate. But he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong". I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock, and we're all gonna be meeting at 9 o'clock. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve", Kavanaugh said during his remarks Monday night in accepting the nomination.



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