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Sen. Cory Gardner Weighs In On Supreme Court Justice Nominee List

President Donald Trump announces Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Jan. 31 2017 in the East Room of the White House. On Monday Trump will unveil his choice to fill the seat being vacated by Justi Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick
Ellis Copeland | 10 July, 2018, 06:21

President Trump wants YOU for SCOTUS - if you're one of these two judges.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said of Kavanaugh during Monday night's prime-time television announcement from the White House East Room. Yet no matter what Kavanaugh says at his confirmation hearings, he is likely to be opposed by most if not all Democrats, just as Justice Neil M. Gorsuch was previous year when Trump nominated him to the seat that should have gone to Merrick Garland, former President Obama's nominee to succeed the late Antonin Scalia.

US President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a tumultuous confirmation battle over the future direction of the nation's highest court. "A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law". He has another potential advantage: he serves with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister - on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Top candidates include Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett, according to reports.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49. Democrats may have a tough time putting up a procedural fight in the Senate, though, after Republicans in 2017 triggered the so-called "nuclear option" that allowed them to end Democratic filibustering of then-nominee Gorsuch by a simple majority vote, as opposed to the 60 votes previously required. "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case". Kavanaugh in his dissent mentioned that a financial penalty levied under Obamacare on Americans who opted not to obtain health insurance might be considered a tax, a pivotal distinction in the conservative legal challenge to the law.

Still, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the Senate "can confirm any of the four names being mentioned".

These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod
Ed Whelan, former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, on President Trump's potential pick for Supreme Court Justice. Trump plans to announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy during prime time Monday night.


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West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 13 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last settlement at $$73.07 per barrel. Looming over the oil markets is the trade dispute between the USA and China, the world's two biggest economies.


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The high court handed Trump and his administration a series of victories in its term that ended on the day of Kennedy's retirement, including a major decision upholding the president's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. Those who promote a woman's right to choose an abortion were upset with a Kavanaugh ruling against an immigrant teenager in federal custody who sought an immediate abortion.

Republicans in the Senate need to be completely united on the pick, because of the delicate nature of their majority. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Bush first selected him for the D.C. court in 2003, but the nomination languished and lapsed.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, called Kavanaugh out for his stance on net neutrality in a tweet on July 3. That's not to say that something won't be said today or tomorrow that I totally, 100 percent disagree with.

Franklin said it's not just the Supreme Court; he's a fan of Trump's tariffs and his negotiations with North Korea. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee. Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Still, Republicans can only lose one vote.

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