Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

WashPost Columnist: Dems 'Powerless' to Block Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

WashPost Columnist: Dems 'Powerless' to Block Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

Susan Collins indicating that's what she intends to do.

Trump called Schumer on Tuesday afternoon for a Supreme Court-centred conversation that lasted less than five minutes, according to a person familiar with the call. In her 20s she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty.

He cited former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

Collins made that clear when she met with Trump shortly after Kennedy's retirement at the end of June.

LAT: So it seems that many members of President Trump's base prefer Amy Coney Barrett.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME affirmed to reporters Wednesday she will not affirm a nominee with "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade. Sen.

That came when Democrats filibustered Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, earlier this year, Thiessen said. They see an opportunity now with Trump in the White House.

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. It has 500 door-to-door canvassers on the ground in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Florida, and it will soon expand to West Virginia and North Dakota - all states that Trump won and where Democrat senators are up for reelection. "They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning". Judge Barrett already has more judicial experience than Elena Kagan had when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, so any liberal opponents will be unable to claim that Barrett needs more judicial experience. He probably has fewer friends in the nation's capital than Kavanaugh, but Trump may put value on the fact he's an outsider and less well known in Washington.

Former Rep. Jason Altmire, (D-Penn.), on President Trump's potential picks to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Court and the heated political climate.

Heitkamp is another wildcard on the Democratic side of the aisle.

Trump himself has spoken with seven potential candidates and is set to announce his decision on Monday. "I don't want to say the four". At her recent confirmation hearing, however, she said it was never permissible for judges to "follow their personal convictions in deciding a case". "President Trump and I had a solid discussion about the Supreme Court vacancy".

"When the President has made up his mind, he wants to go", an aide told Axios, adding that staffers plan to persuade Trump to stick to his original timeline because the announcement would get more media coverage.

"We've had bad decisions overturned in the past", Beckwith said.

In Missouri, McCaskill's likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, has seized on the Supreme Court vacancy, challenging McCaskill to a debate on the issue.

And all that has to happen is Republicans need at least 50 "yes" votes.

This year, for the first time in his career, though, he voted exclusively with the court's conservatives in all the 5-to-4 cases that split along clearly liberal-conservative lines. "Sen. Lee has the respect and admiration of his colleagues, Republicans and Democrats alike".

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