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These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court. A family separation crisis of Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering
Ellis Copeland | 10 July, 2018, 08:11

Kavanaugh could start to "turn back the clock on the gains of individual rights", particularly when it comes to women's rights and the rights of individuals versus businesses, Booker told the PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff shortly after the announcement.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions. The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News.

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

Trump plans to announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy during prime time Monday night.

While on the campaign trail, Trump said that if he gets to nominate one or two conservative justices, the court would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.

In May 2006, when he was a nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh was grilled about his position on Roe v. Wade by Sen. Kavanaugh has ties to the Bush family, which has often drawn ire from Trump, but he has investigated the Clintons and recommended the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

A Yale graduate and devout Catholic who went to a Jesuit high school, he once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace.

"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", said Anti-Defamation League chief Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

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The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.

"His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act". In 1967, Lyndon Johnson appointed the first African-American justice, Thurgood Marshall. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come.

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

He has joined with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito to serve as judges in mock trials to benefit the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Toobin characterizes Kavanaugh's work as an appeals judge as "startling".

Mr. Trump has reportedly narrowed his list down to four names: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

Ed Whelan, former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, on President Trump's potential pick for Supreme Court Justice.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, about news reports of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contact with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign.

A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", Kavanaugh said. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch and are up for re-election in states that Trump won handily.

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