"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".
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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.
Oil dips in nervous trading as US-China trade war looms
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.
European Leaders 'Scared to Death' Trump Will Pull US Troops
But when asked a second time, the official said Trump is not expected to threaten troop withdrawals in Germany or elsewhere. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security has pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.
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.
Straws add up to about 2,000 tons of the almost 9 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in waters around the globe each year. Customers who prefer or need a straw can request one, which will be made of alternative materials, the release said.
Scotland Yard is investigating six allegations against Spacey , 58, five of sexual assault and one of assault. House of Cards season 6 is expected to bring the curtain down on Netflix's hit drama this fall.
At the age of 31, Olivier Giroud is peaking at just the right time and giving free rein to his talent at the FIFA World Cup ™. What's certain is that with one more win Les Bleus are back in the World Cup final for the first time in a dozen years.
Some offer more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as straws made of paper, bamboo, steel, even Twizzlers. Starbucks said that it is the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws .
The 34-year-old Pastrana celebrated by taking one final jump ─ without his motorcycle ─ into the fountain. LAS VEGAS Daredevil Travis Pastrana has successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel's motorcycle jumps.
Last month, production started on Wonder Woman 1984 , the follow-up to Patty Jenkins ' hit 2017 superhero movie, Wonder Woman . In one particularly mysterious image, Wonder Woman is looking at a bank of TVs, each playing something different from the era.
Patty Seo-Mayer, Pediatrician nephrologist, who provided another group shot of Gal Gadot with the hospital crew. Gal Gadot played Princess Diana in the film, and she has been heralded as the savior of the DC movie franchise.
Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. He noted that the departure of the Russian team from the world Cup can be compared to demobilization.
Adding fuel to the rumour fire, William's co-star Lena Headey, who plays Cersei, commented on the post with the word "Queen". Maisie Williams has made a bloodstained farewell to Belfast after finishing her stint on Game of Thrones .
Ambulance Leaves Thai Cave on 2nd Day of Rescue Operation
Parents say they haven't been told which boys were taken out of the cave, and have not been allowed to visit them in hospital. A team of 90 expert divers - 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas - have been involved in the intricate rescue operation.
Ant-Man and the Wasp lands another success for Marvel
Top holdover markets include China ($48.7 million), Mexico ($33.8 million), Australia ($24.6 million), and Brazil ($15.4 million). That was enough to give it the top spot at the U.S. box office, and make it the studio's 20th straight number one opening.
Thanos Brings Balance To Reddit
Much like Thanos himself, on July 9, the administrators of the "Thanos Did Nothing Wrong " subreddit will ban half their members. Although Season 2 was aired after Infinity War hit theaters, it makes no reference to the events of the movie.
Delhi gang rape: Verdict on review pleas on Monday
Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. The case put the treatment of women in India in the global spotlight and led to heavier sentences for sex crimes.
Ten killed in Turkish train accident
According to reports, the train was travelling from Uzunkopru to Instanbul and came off the rails in the Tekirdag Corlu district. Six of the carriages derailed, local media reported. "Many of those injured have been taken off the site", Mehmet Ceylan said.