Trump has chance to reshape Supreme Court

05 July, 2018, 23:45 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Richard Lazarus

Headlines this week were dominated by news that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the Supreme Court, will retire next month and that a man has been charged with killing five people at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, have said they expect the Senate to vote on a Supreme Court nominee well before the elections.

Mr Trump told reporters he planned to begin interviewing possible candidates on Monday but he may meet with some over the weekend in New Jersey.

"The name you're hearing the most in Washington has been Brett Kavanaugh", she explained.

Check out how cartoonists saw these events. The delay upset a lot of people, namely in the Democratic faction, but McConnell is "willing to take the high road, and forget he ever did it", says Colbert. That means Republicans effectively can not lose any support for President Trump's pick.

"If he picks somebody that's hardcore on Roe v. Wade or that's hardcore on repealing healthcare that's a bigger lift", Manchin said.

Undoing or at least putting more limits on that ruling has been a dream of conservative activists and contributed to conservative Christian support for Trump that helped him win the presidency in 2016. Mike Lee, who is the one non-judge on the list.


But Schumer and other Democratic senators sang a totally different tune when former President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens during the 2010 midterm election campaign, which saw the Tea Party revolt toss out the Democrat majority in the Senate and House and replace it with Republican control.

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.

The Senate is bracing for Trump to announce a quick nominee as soon as July 10. In addition, if we go back to a place where abortion is illegal in parts of the country, those who require the medical procedure may have to resort to so-called "back-alley" abortions, performed outside the safety of sterile medical facilities by unqualified practitioners, potentially causing great harm to the mother.

"It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion", Cole said.

Trump met with three red-state Democrats who are all facing tough re-election fights this year: Sens.

But there's some good political news to soften the blow this week, as well: A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reunite separated families. Despite the fact that Trump once described himself as "very pro-choice", he seems to have reconsidered his position since running for office and is now staunchly anti-abortion rights.

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