Sides gird for battle as Trump readies to make Supreme Court pick

Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving", said Trump in his prime-time televised address from the White House, calling Kavanaugh "one of the sharpest legal minds of our time".

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President Trump is set to announce his second Supreme Court nominee.

His appointment will not change the ideological tilt of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but he could nevertheless shift the bench further right.

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If the Senate confirms Trump's nominee, we will be stuck with a Court that sides with big corporations over the American people. If she's chosen and confirmed, it would be the first time four women would serve together on the nine-member Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh, who is married with two daughters, served as a senior White House official under the George W Bush presidency before he was nominated to the appeals court in 2003.

As of Monday morning, Trump was still deciding among Judges Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

The confirmation process promises to be a fight, and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority - with nearly no room to lose votes as Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona remains absent while fighting brain cancer. As a woman and mother, she could upend the narrative pushed by Democrats that Trump's pick would erode women's rights. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.

"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera. Senate Democrats must use everything in their power to keep Trump's unsafe nominees off the Supreme Court. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

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The couple will then stay at Winfield House , the United States ambassador's residence on the edge of Regent's Park in London. Trump's short visit comes off the back of speculation about when he would land on the soil of America's closest ally.

"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Doug Jones of Alabama to attend the evening White House announcement, but all declined to attend. But after working in the George W. Bush administration, Kavanaugh's stance has softened, reports The Washington Post.

Trump in recent days has narrowed his shortlist for the high court. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

McConnell's office has stressed that it took about two months each to get Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Gorsuch through, and they warn Kavanaugh's background and work in Washington could slow confirmation.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN were invited for the announcement.

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There was still plenty of time for England to respond, but the players looked devoid of ideas and paralysed by fear. England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on it at the compact Spartak Stadium.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called Trump recently to warn it would be "cataclysmic" for national unity if he nominated someone hostile to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that protects women's rights to abortion, according to a person familiar with the discussion. Still, Republicans can only lose one vote. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate.

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