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Kavanaugh has inside track for Trump's Supreme Court choice, sources say

Kavanaugh has inside track for Trump's Supreme Court choice, sources say

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer.

They argue that the elected president is empowered by the Constitution to nominate Supreme Court justices - and that he should be granted some latitude to do so. In many states, that would mean abortion becoming a criminal act. It's something he's been working on for a long time. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

In conversations with TIME ahead of Trump's announcement, Judiciary Committee Republicans were reluctant to offer insight into any of the nominees, but say they resented the Democrats' preemptive approach.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Judging from the comments of TV pundits and news reporters, the betting seems strong that Trump will wind up choosing Judge Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who sits on the District of Columbia circuit.

Almost 100 other judicial nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation.

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In Missouri, McCaskill's likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, has seized on the Supreme Court vacancy, challenging McCaskill to a debate on the issue. Republicans control the chamber 51-49, but Sen. Before he was nominated to the D.C. circuit by George W. Bush, he was Bush's White House staff secretary and worked for Bush during the 2000 Florida vote recount.

Barrett, 46, is now on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals after being nominated by Trump in mid-2017 and confirmed in October. Three of the judges are Asian-American men and one is a Hispanic man. Republicans blocked Garland's 2016 nomination by then President Barack Obama. Almost 42 percent were women - the highest share of female judicial appointments of any president. Jim Kessler, vice president of Third Way, the centrist Democratic group, said of Obama's Affordable Care Act, which the Senate narrowly thwarted Trump from dismantling a year ago.

"The nominees share one basic characteristic - their hostility to progress that's been made in women, workers and civil rights as well as health and safety over the past several decades", she said. Like Collins, Murkowski supported Trump's first Supreme Court nominee previous year in Neil Gorsuch.

Trump has already pummeled the three senators for voting against the Republican tax cut bill during campaign rallies for their respective challengers. Collins also urged Trump to "broaden his list" of potential candidates, referring to the 25 potential picks he unveiled during his presidential campaign. He well understands the power of the judicial branch to shape policy and mobilize voters.

Just a weekend from Trump's big reveal on Monday, Democrats' early strategy is to cast the battle as either protecting the right to abortion and the 2010 health care law, or emasculating both. Democrats remain livid over the move to this day, calling it a stolen seat. Her judicial philosophy is well known from her many academic writings, so she would not be a dreaded stealth nominee who would provoke conservative opposition. She has consistently held to the constitutionally essential view that judges should never legislate their personal views from the bench. He praised McConnell for recognizing "this is important". Sutton, for example, made reference to the infamous 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, that upheld Virginia's eugenic sterilization laws for the mentally ill. The campaign will invest heavily in the ME and Alaska markets to stoke the mounting pressure on Collins and Murkowski to vote against the nominee.