What they're saying in Maryland about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

A failed litmus test Trump taints his Supreme Court pick with his promise to anti-abortion extremists


Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old conservative-leaning federal judge for the past 12 years, is no stranger to executive branch politics and controversy.

The Washington Post: Conservatives Are Finally Getting The Supreme Court They Dreamed Of - "While President Trump plays the appointment of a Supreme Court justice like a reality show, promoting the dramatic reveal of the nominee's name in tonight's prime-time special, it nearly doesn't matter which of the contenders is chosen".

"You know, you get two Supreme Court picks and you get tax cuts", Scarborough said, "but you also get the destruction of the USA order that made us the most powerful country over the past 50 years, and a huge question mark over what Vladimir Putin has on Donald Trump".

Kavanaugh is a favourite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington and a former adviser to President George W Bush.

Conservatives will argue that the nominee is a mainstream jurist, and that any opposition is a form of liberal extremism that voters should consider when they go to the polls. The Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion, plans news conferences Tuesday morning at the senate offices of Donnelly in South Bend, Indiana, Heitkamp in Bismarck, and Manchin in Charleston, West Virginia.

Judge Kavanaugh authored key opinions in the case trying to find a middle ground on the thorny case - and is drawing fire from both pro-life and pro-choice activists for his attempt. His father went to law school at night, he added.

He once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace and now works as an appeals court judge in Washington DC.

She said she wanted an abortion but the Trump administration slow-walked the request, saying as long as the girl was in government custody it had an interest in protecting the fetus. That 2-1 ruling did not last, however, as the D.C. Circuit court overturned the decision in January.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

At the least, the government said, it should have a chance to place the girl with a family member or willing sponsor in the US, saying they would be best able to help her think through such a momentous decision.

Each of the nine justices has a lifetime appointment.

"If you look at the list of judges that the president put out that was essentially drafted by the Heritage Foundation, all of them very conservative, all of them, I would say, very like-minded on how they are likely to rule".

Trump previous year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

This means his influence in U.S. politics could last decades - well after his tenure as President. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

It is not yet a done deal as the nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which Trump's Republican party narrowly controls by 51-49.

So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.

The poll shows that Democrats in three states - Sen.

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