Trump nominates Catholic for Supreme Court

FILE Amy Coney Barrett               screen grab via C-SPAN

FILE Amy Coney Barrett screen grab via C-SPAN

When you offer up a story about the GM of the New York Yankees signing a letter endorsing Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee it's like putting a bottle of Colonel Kwik-E-Mart Kentucky Bourbon in front of Lionel Hutz.

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge.

"President Trump has made a superb selection", McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said ahead of the encounter. They show how different the likely more conservative US Supreme Court will be, since at age 85, no one expects her to be serving on it for that much longer.

And from Politico: "Administration officials said Trump was taken with Kavanaugh even before his conversation with Kennedy".

The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings.

Senate Democrats know that they can't stop the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

But that may be a tall order.

The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush.

"I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court", he told CNN, alarming pro-choice advocates who said Kavanaugh was picked to curtail abortion rights.

McConnell reportedly anxious that Kavanaugh's paperwork trail could make him harder to confirm. Jon Kyl. He also met with Sen.

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Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.

"We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell said during his weekly press availability.

The Agri Processor case provides a window into Kavanaugh's thinking when it comes to workers' rights. The Senate minority leader vows to fight Kavanaugh "with everything I've got". John McCain can't vote. There is a small contingent of Democrats from states that Trump won in 2016 who face narrow paths to reelection this fall.

Law professors told us it was important to put Kavanaugh's 2009 comments in context. The program was ultimately struck down by the Florida Supreme Court. One of their hopes is to win governor's mansions this fall (see my in-need-of-an-update Top 10 governor's races here), and then be in a position to veto maps drawn by still-Republican-controlled legislatures, and then at least force those maps to go to courts, which have ruled in favor of Democrats lately. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. But she added that other issues also would come into play for her, including "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy".

Stabenow said in a Monday statement that the vacancy "represents a very consequential moment for our country where we can chose to make progress on so many important issues for MI families or we can turn the clock back".

But three Democratic senators are facing tough reelection battles in red states, and their votes may be up for grabs, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, and Indiana's Joe Donnelly.

Murkowski and Collins have been the focus of a concentrated campaign against Kavanaugh by liberal groups and affiliated Democrats. Charles Schumer asked Kavanaugh: "Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination?"

"Judge Kavanaugh wrote from the bench that presidents should be shielded from investigations or lawsuits during their term, while being part of the team that spent more than four years investigating President Clinton", Johnson said in a statement.

Yet despite his conservative track record, it's unlikely that the seating of Kavanaugh would create a dramatic rightward shift in the court when it comes to labor law.

Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

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