Two Republican women could sink Trump's US Supreme Court pick

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

The announcement comes just weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, and approximately a year and two months since Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, was confirmed.

Kavanaugh peppered his acceptance speech with references to his daughters, wife and mother and noted that "a majority" of his law clerks were women.

When he dissented from a DC Circuit decision last October preventing the Trump administration from blocking a teenage migrant in Texas from obtaining an abortion, Kavanaugh laced his opinion with broader thoughts.

In 2000, the Supreme Court justice nominee represented pro bono the relatives of Elian Gonzalez, a 6-year-old Cuban boy who became the centerpiece of a nasty custody battle.

Political scientists have developed several reliable measures of judicial ideology that place the justices on a single left-to-right scale.

However, Brewer said she does not think McCain will make it back to the Senate in order to vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation. The others are Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.

In his time on the Court, Justice Kennedy was often in this position as the median justice. "It has been reaffirmed many times".

This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

Conservative judges are assigned a score between 0 and 1; the closer you are to 1, the more conservative the judge.

Is it possible to predict a justice's future opinions?

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The report took a more liberal approach to the definition of obstruction of justice, but after seeing the toll that investigations can take on presidents, Kavanaugh rescinded his approach and now argues that presidents should be exempt from criminal prosecutions and civil suits.

While Kavanaugh was meeting with senators, environmental groups slammed his record on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which handles many regulatory cases. "I have every confidence that this man is going to be confirmed, as he well should be".

On the other hand, if a nominee was a law professor, academic writing can sometimes be more damaging than helpful. She said Kozinski fondled her in a vehicle after an event in the mid-1980s and invited her to go to a motel and have sex. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Federalist Society has grown in size and influence.

American Bridge, a liberal political action committee that raised almost $20 million in the last election, reportedly sent one of its political researchers to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas this week to comb through its voluminous archives for any troubling information about Kavanaugh's five years as a staff secretary and aide to the former president.

Kavanaugh's view that a prosecution of a president should be diferred, is not one he always held.

Off the list now that Kavanaugh is the pick: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Dean Heller, R-Nevada.

"They're in a hard situation", said the University of Maine's Fried.

A Supreme Court fight is already a nightmare for these vulnerable Democrats.

The second set will target the three Democrats who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Nonetheless, Jeanne Mancini, the president of anti-abortion rights March for Life said in a statement to Business Insider that Kavanaugh was "exceptionally qualified for the role and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution".