Thursday, 20 September, 2018

With Kennedy's retirement, the Supreme Court loses its center

Andrew Harrer  Bloomberg via Getty Images Andrew Harrer Bloomberg via Getty Images
Eleanor Moreno | 01 July, 2018, 06:57

This comes after the president revealed the date to reporters on Air Force One Friday, and also noted he is considering five people for the pending vacancy, which includes two female judges.

When asked about recently proposed changes to federal Title X family planning funds that help pay for reproductive healthcare for low-income women, more than half said they are against the changes.

The strategy mirrors one Mr Trump has been pursuing for appointments to the lower courts, where younger than normal judges have often been selected. But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick.

McConnell predicted the president will nominate "an all-star", and said he has no doubts the Senate will confirm.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a GOP gathering in Kentucky that the goal is to wrap up the confirmation in time for the nominee to join the court at the start of its next term in October.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, is the oldest member of the current Supreme Court but has given no public hint of a retirement.

In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo airing Sunday, though, the president said he "probably" wouldn't ask candidates about how they'd vote on the case.


During the candidate vetting the last time, the White House asked all the contenders whom they would pick instead of themselves - and they all said Gorsuch, said the person, who was not authorized to disclose private conversations. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice". Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) met with the president at the White House on Thursday night and are under pressure from liberal activists and their colleagues.

The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers who espouse conservative judicial philosophies.

The Democrats - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - are running for re-election IN November IN states Trump won IN 2016.

"I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch", Trump continued.

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said.

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