Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Donald Trump wants his Supreme Court pick to still be on the bench in 2043 as he spends the weekend working his way through a list of five runners and riders. This lax-attitude coincided with the Supreme Court largely refraining from major policy intervention except in the most clear-cut Constitutional and legal cases. With only 99 senators now voting, the nominee can be approved by a 50-49 margin.

The president originally said he was considering a list of 25 candidates.

Trump told reporters Friday he would not ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade. However, after Kennedy informed the Trump administration he was retiring, even the most keen observers likely didn't realize how the progressive left would respond to that news.

It's no secret in Washington, D.C., who the critical senators will be in the months ahead.

That would put a new justice in place before the congressional midterm elections in November, when all seats in the House of Representatives and a third of those in the Senate will be contested.

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Few senators are as familiar with - and as cool at handling - the hot seat than Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, filed in after Donnelly. "We now know that the person who replaces him, whoever that might be, will effect American life, maybe for decades to come", said journalist Cokie Roberts.

They are also the only two Republican women who support abortion rights - with some caveats - and they could ultimately be the deciding votes on the Supreme Court nomination if all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus (including two independents) band together and oppose the nominee as a unified block.

Kennedy's retirement will give Trump the opportunity to appoint his second justice and reshape the nation's highest court for generations.

He added, "I think it's inappropriate to discuss". Asked about Barrett, he said, "She's an outstanding woman". Trump passed over Hardiman in favor of Neil Gorsuch, who has proven to be reliably conservative in his tenure so far and has been a key vote in numerous controversial 5-4 decisions, including the decision to uphold the president's travel ban. Trump asked Manchin, the senator recalled. As a minority, court-watchers say, he might be an attractive prospect for some Democrats in the Senate to support.

President Trump initially bashed Heitkamp at a rally in North Dakota this week in which he urged voters to support her GOP opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer.

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White House aide Marc Short said on MSNBC that the White House hoped for a Senate confirmation vote in September.

When the justice in the middle is ideologically distinct, it's harder for either side to form a majority coalition, which makes the median justice central in not just choosing a side but shaping the contours of the court's opinion.

Trump has made his intentions and vision for the United States very clear from the beginning. The two men have also, at times, had warm relations with the president.

"I like them all", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

The president did not disclose whom he is considering for the job.

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The road to confirmation for Trump's pick is likely to be a contentious one, as Democrats are expected to push back.

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