Trump Narrows Supreme Court Search to Three Front-Runners

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CBN News asked Severino about Democrats crossing a unsafe line by questioning the beliefs of nominees.

The person says Schumer told Trump he could unify the country by nominating Merrick Garland. And now the president has the chance to do it again with Sen.

Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he doesn't believe a nominee's position on Roe v. Wade should be a factor for senators voting for supreme court nominees, contradicting a statement from Republican U.S. Sen. The Vice President has reportedly met with those three judges in recent days. On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

Executive Director Brian Fallon of Demand Justice says vague "apple sauce answers" on whether the nominee backs the Obama-era health care law are also unacceptable.

"Beyond the qualifications, what really matters is, does this nominee fit a central casting image for a Supreme Court nominee, as well as his or her spouse", a Republican close to the White House told Politico. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen.

The messaging campaign will also underscore the risks faced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a conservative Supreme Court.

Trump has retreated to his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., for the weekend, where he'll discuss his choice with chief of staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence.

The ban was declared unconstitutional in 1973, after the Roe decision.

But last week a political tornado barreled through her campaign and those of other red-state Democrats trying to keep their seats in a Senate that Republicans narrowly control.

President Trump is focusing on three prospective Supreme Court nominees, sources said Thursday, with conservatives divided on the candidates who have emerged.

LAT: It appears that President Trump has narrowed his Supreme Court consideration to four contenders - Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit, Judge Raymond Kethledge of the 6th Circuit, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit and Judge Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit. That's according to a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

At a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Murkowski said she hopes that Trump would nominate a justice who is philosophically similar to Kennedy, signaling a tough road ahead for the White House team. IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.

In an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, Thiessen said the Democrats' plight began 15 years ago when they began "unprecedented filibusters" against President George W. Bush's appellate court nominee, Miguel Estrada for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in 2001. Angus King to reject members of Trump's public shortlist of potential nominees.

The confirmation process promises to be a fight.

WERTHEIMER: One of the most interesting things I think about the current court, with - when Judge Kennedy was on it, was how many Catholics there were. Viewed warily by his party's conservative base, Trump has been keen to note that all of his picks have been vetted by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. Kennedy was long considered the court's swing vote, and while Republicans are jubilant about getting a second nomination to the court under Trump, Democrats are concerned Trump will replace Kennedy with a more pure conservative justice who might overturn rulings dealing with abortion, gay rights and other issues.

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