Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

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It's important to maintain that caveat, because President Trump has not made a final decision, and it could change. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberals on divisive social issues such as gay rights and abortion, was a key figure on the nine-justice court.

In contrast, during President Barack Obama's two terms, only 37 percent of judges confirmed were white men.

John Roberts now serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).

LAT: So it seems that many members of President Trump's base prefer Amy Coney Barrett. "Every president is remembered for his nominations to the Supreme Court - and not always positively".

He ruled in favor of police's ability to gather cellphone tower location information (the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled the other way); upheld a MI law that barred public schools from collecting union dues from their teachers, and required unions to do the collecting themselves; upheld a mandatory minimum sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to drug charges, even though Congress had reduced the mandatory minimum between the man's guilty plea and sentencing; and struck down a complaint brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that said Kaplan's use of credit checks on job applicants had a discriminatory effect on African Americans. Trump's appointee would maintain the slim 5-4 conservative majority on the court. "These mistakes haunt the legacies of presidents, a specter they can never shake", he continues, declaring, "We cannot let this happen again".

Democrats can not block Trump's nominee without help.

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Cruz partially attributed "these mistakes" to the fact that most individuals nominated to the Court have a limited public record from which to ascertain their judicial views and convictions. Citing a White House official, Axios reported that the person that Trump ultimately picks will be "who he feels most comfortable with in a personal setting". Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) also spoke to the president about the merits and drawbacks of each nominee, including Kavanaugh. "It's a risk, when what a president really needs is a sure thing". He's a known quantity in the legal conservative movement.

Citing unnamed sources, Fox News said the president has met with the six candidates, with some being interviewed a few times.

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"Lee has served in all three branches of the federal government". Last year, Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia were the only three Democrats to break from their party and vote to confirm Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

"Democrat-aligned groups are pressuring potential swing senators - especially moderate Republicans like Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins - to oppose Trump's eventual nominee, arguing in part that landmark decisions like abortion-legalizing Roe v. Wade could be at risk", write Fox News.

"In an op-ed for Deseret News, a prominent newspaper in Hatch's home state of Utah, the longtime Republican lawmaker wrote a defense of the coming nominee in the midst of a highly polarized and evenly split Senate". "We can go through the fact that uh he's made some statements that some have identified correctly as religiously intolerant".