Supreme Court Nominee List Shortens to Mostly 'Identical' Candidates

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Even as White House counsel Donald McGahn fiercely guarded information about the candidate interviews and Trump's leanings, the president was engaging with the freewheeling loop of boosters, lawmakers and confidants that he has long counted on for political gut checks.

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 ever since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch past year, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee previous year. Kethledge and Kavanaugh both served as clerks for Kennedy. Kethledge, of MI, is a judge on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Lee has served in all three branches of the federal government". The murder took place on federal land, making Gabrion eligible for execution, to which the jury unanimously sentenced him.

Kethledge, 51, like Kavanaugh, also clerked for Kennedy.

MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked Roberts about a tweet she wrote saying women would be under fire from all these different directions if the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

Thirty years later, Tyler sought to have his right to purchase a gun, lost forever as a result having been in a mental hospital for 30 days in the 1980s, restored.

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According to reports, Trump's top three contenders for the position, attributed to an unnamed source, are federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

And Trump is hearing out arguments for Kethledge, another former Kennedy clerk, and for Coney Barrett, a University of Notre Dame Law School professor who is being championed by some social conservatives, according to the advisers, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Rather than politicizing the process or seeking to make the court hyper-partisan, the theory goes, the president should select able, thoughtful nominees who are not extremists - and members of both parties in the U.S. Senate, which is tasked with confirming or rejecting the president's nominees, should give a measure of deference to the president's choice. The starting point was a short list with the names of 25 potential nominees. "You are well aware of her record, but below are just some of the reasons why we believe she is by far your best prospective nominee to the Supreme Court". She has lots of scholarly writing, however.

Hardiman was a runner-up for the vacancy ultimately filled by Gorsuch. She has consistently held to the constitutionally essential view that judges should never legislate their personal views from the bench.

"While we do not agree with every decision Justice Kennedy ever wrote, his impact on LGBTQ rights is unquestioned", Wu said. She was appointed in 2017 by President Trump.

Barrett's profile rose rapidly a year ago with conservative groups after her confirmation hearing featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. The opposition was handled brilliantly by Senate leadership who used the attacks to expose her opponents as intolerant, tone-deaf, religious bigots. He was confirmed and received commission in May 2006.

And finally, Manchin is a key vote on the Democratic side that Republicans will be eager to court for Trump's nominee. Diane Feinstein drew improper focus to Barrett's deep Catholic faith, telling the nominee that "the dogma lives loudly within you". She and her husband have seven children, one with special needs. Attempts to label her an "uncompassionate bigot" will fail.

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