Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

No one on Trump’s short list is fit to replace Kennedy

No one on Trump’s short list is fit to replace Kennedy

But McConnell and other Capitol Hill Republicans were in no rush to fill a Supreme Court vacancy under the Obama administration.

So the stakes for this next Supreme Court nomination are enormous. "There's no piece of legislation, no executive order, no Supreme Court decision that would have created the level of motivation that an empty seat does". Gorsuch and his fellow conservatives delivered on another GOP priority Wednesday in a decision that will deal a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labour. Rather, it seems more probable that Trump - who will only need Republican votes to get his nominee confirmed in the Senate - will pick a judge in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, his first Supreme Court pick who has emerged as far-right voice on the court.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York, California and 15 other states also cites Trump's statement referring to Mexicans crossing the border as rapists as evidence that the border separation policy is consistent with what it calls Trump's demonstrated bias against Latin Americans.

Hardiman and Thapar were among the group interviewed by Trump before he selected Neil Gorsuch for a vacancy a year ago.

One factor that eases the immediate political pressure on both senators: Collins is not up for re-election until 2020; Murkowski in 2022.

It should worry us that these judges are at the head of the line for appointment to a court where the future of health care and environmental protection, along with the rights of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, workers and consumers are literally on the line. "Why now?" said Republican strategist Andrea Bozek, who is working with several Republican candidates this cycle.

Added Republican pollster Frank Luntz: "Now all the marbles are on the Senate".

It worked. In conversation after conversation with Republican elected officials and strategists between May and November 2016, the justification always cited for backing Trump - albeit, in many cases, reluctantly - was that he would put conservative justices on the bench while Clinton would not.

"Obviously, we're looking at the nominee first".

In a statement, Murkowski noted her standards for the Supreme Court are "extremely high" and that she will cast an "independent vote" when the eventual nominee comes before the Senate. "Then we'll launch immediately".

"Anything but that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy", Schumer said. "Sen McConnell would tell anyone who listened that the Senate had the right to advise & consent, & that was every bit as important as POTUS' right to nominate", he tweeted.

"Mitch McConnell should follow the Mitch McConnell rule".

The travel ban's stated goals of preventing entry to the US of people who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other countries to improve their security practices provided legitimate justifications, Roberts said. Kamala Harris, outlined her message with a simple question: "When our nation's values and ideals are under attack - do we retreat or do we fight?"

The ruling in Casey upheld Roe v. Wade.

Sotomayor's dissent, Roberts said, "affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and - to be clear - 'has no place in law under the Constitution'".

But with Souter and O'Connor no longer on the court and Kennedy on his way out, abortion rights are clearly on the minds of many voters. Three of them - Donnelly, Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) - voted to confirm Gorsuch; Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) voted nay.

"We have a very excellent list of great, talented, highly educated, highly intelligent, hopefully tremendous people", he told reporters Wednesday after the news.

Kenneth Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who appeared alongside Toobin on CNN to discuss Kennedy's retirement, slightly disagreed with the scope of Toobin's assessment, but acknowledged it had a grain of truth.

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