President Trump's list for the Supreme Court nominees is down to the final three. Foreseeing inevitable news break-ins to offer coverage and analysis, broadcasters are rejiggering their primetime lineups so as to keep too much fresh summer fare from being preempted.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who will likely seal his sport to run against McCaskill after an August Republican primary, called the SCOTUS nominee "the defining issue of this campaign".
According to National Public Radio (NPR), President Trump has reduced the names of the potential nominees to three judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge. Former clerk for Justice Kennedy provides insight.
The American people deserve to have their say on senators who may serve as a check on the president, do they not? "I think even the people of Alabama like to make sure they have judges that adhere to the rule of law".
"Nobody really knows", Leo said on ABC's "This Week". Just days after his inauguration in January 2017 he nominated the conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to the court. Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular. While Barrett is problematic on the abortion issue, Kavanaugh is unpopular among some Republican senators because of his track record as staff secretary under President George W Bush.
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But the malaise continued when Ko bogeyed the 7th and 8th to turn two over for her round and one under for the tournament. The latest win is Park's second victory of this season since she won the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic in May.
In the course of the 2016 election, Trump made changing the face of the United States supreme court a key campaign pledge that was instrumental in firing up his base of right-wing conservative voters.
Hatch, who has sat through the confirmation hearings for all nine current Supreme Court justices, predicted Democrats will initiate "confirmation wars" in the coming months because Trump is unlikely to nominate an activist judge who will protect the progressive agenda. "We've been talking about this for 36 years, going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor", he said.
"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday".
In return, Hogue said, senators should demand of the nominee in the course of the confirmation process that they give an affirmative declaration that they would uphold Roe v Wade.
While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.