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Trump says he’s narrowed Supreme Court nominees to 2 or 3

Trump says he’s narrowed Supreme Court nominees to 2 or 3

"We'll announce it on Monday". Ted Cruz is vociferously pushing for his Republican colleague from Utah, Sen.

The president sounds like a man who wants a second term, which means keeping his most high-profile and decisive campaign promises.

Shortly after the 2016 election, Trump's transition team released a list of 25 potential Supreme Court candidates. "I doubt it", he said.

During his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy was usually in the middle of the court on life issues. 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. He's 51 and, as noted, I am told by those who do know him, he is in superb physical shape.

"He listens to everybody, big or small, influential or not, and absorbs it all", said Trump friend and Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy. Then came the Supreme Court vacancy. President Trump's nominee, expected to be announced July 9, will nearly certainly face a litany of questions about the 1973 opinion.

Trump could decide (decide not announce) sooner rather than later, as early as Friday, though the official announcement is still slated for Monday.

"We're going to go over the Supreme Court and some other things that we're working on", Trump told reporters en route to Montana, according to pool reports.

Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree.

Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit is the best choice for a Supreme Court spot, Hugh Hewitt writes in a column for The Washington Post.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Biden acknowledged that the phrase "judicial activism" has "often been used by conservatives to criticize liberal judges".

"The dogma lives loudly within you", Sen.

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Barrett has drawn some criticism, however, for her affiliation with a religious group called People of Praise, which has been considered a cult by some.

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said.

"There are certainly reasons why the president might prefer Barrett over perhaps the others".

Both Kavanaugh and Kethledge have lengthy conservative judicial records. But the longtime MI resident brings political upside to the process that Kavanaugh and several other contenders can not.

With Republicans in control of the Senate, the odds favor anyone President Trump picks to fill Kennedy's seat.

Kethledge is also not another Harvard Law or Yale Law attendee, and with eight of those remaining on the court-Ruth Bader Ginsburg got her J.D. from Columbia, but her first two years were spent in Cambridge-the University of Michigan Law School credential sends an important message to the country.

But for Collins and Murkowski to make a difference, Democratic senators will have to stay united, and opposing a Trump pick could be hard for those on the ballot this fall in pro-Trump states, particularly three who voted to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Supporters of abortion rights were among the earliest to speak out forcefully against a right-wing nomination from Trump - and his list of possible choices includes only right-wingers.

While he voted with the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed the central holding of Roe v. Wade, he was in the minority in Hill v. Colorado, which limited the ability of pro-life activists to distribute pamphlets and engage in sidewalk counseling outside abortion clinics.

Schumer also tweeted barbs about Kethledge on Thursday.