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Trump narrows high court choice down to '3 or 2'

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Trump Boasts His Supreme Court Pick Will Be a Home Run
Faye Gross | 10 July, 2018, 03:49

By choosing to retire with Trump in office, Kennedy has opened the door for a conservative to be his successor, possibly altering the Court's balance for years.

Schumer this week called abortion rights and the health care law "the most consequential issues" at stake in the fight.

Paul and another Republican, Sen. "The issue has become very real in Iowa". "Many of them voted on this issue alone", Falwell said. The Ground Game series highlights that reporting, looking at politics from the ground up.

In his op-ed, published on Fox News, Cruz implored the president to weigh the "defining moment" this Supreme Court vacancy would have on the legacy of his administration.

A pair of recent abortion restrictions in Iowa have made the state a focal point in the national debate.

LAT: So if I had to guess, I would say that it will be either Judge Kavanaugh or Judge Kethledge, which is basically a position I have taken since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement.

But the pre-nomination phase - the one that has Trump's 25 dangling in public until at least Monday - has until this president been a different, more private kind of challenge.

They say whomever President Donald Trump selects must explicitly say they support the rights to abortion, to use contraceptives and to marry someone of the same gender.

The president also spoke by phone with Lee, the senator from Utah, on Monday. Back in March, the president tried to whip up voters for 2018 by saying that Congress needed more Republicans and that his party "must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court", treating it as if it was just another branch of the legislature.

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The HNS has since apologised for the Croatian delegation members' behaviour, and Vida also expressed regret for his words. Federation Internationale de Football Association can fine or suspend players for political gestures at the World Cup.


The president said Thursday that he had narrowed his choice to four people and that he expected to make a decision by Sunday. Mike Pence banning abortions based on a fetus's gender, race or disability. This seems to be the far-right's beef with Kavanaugh; his judicial views may be unimpeachable, but he has demonstrated insufficient personal antipathy to abortion, gays and other perceived social evils.

After that, 24 of them will remain on what will be the not-quite-it list - a collection of administration-approved conservatives designed by the Federalist Society to appeal to Trump's all-important base of supporters.

Three Democratic senators voted for Gorsuch past year: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He could still consider others in the mix. "The left is incensed". "We look for someone to uphold the right to religious freedom". Whether or not it will be that close will be up to the Republicans and Democrats previously mentioned.

Heller is the only Republican seeking re-election in a state Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. Dozens of states could criminalize abortion in short order should Roe fall - four states already have "trigger laws" on the books that automatically outlaw abortion if Roe is overturned, and dozens of others have laws that put access to abortion at "high risk".

GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME has often been a thorn in Trump's side. "Nevada is a pro-choice state".

With the Senate narrowly divided, 51-49, in favor of Republicans, Trump's announcement will set off a contentious confirmation process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block that effort.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the GOP's tack "the height of hypocrisy", in light of the GOP-controlled Senate's refusal to consider then-President Barack Obama's nominee before the presidential election in 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

On Election Day 2016, a fifth of all voters said the Supreme Court was their No. 1 voting issue - and a lot of them voted for Trump, says Mallory Quigley, spokesperson for the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports antiabortion candidates and lobbies on behalf of law and policy restricting abortion rights.

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