Key issues await the Supreme Court and its newest justice

Key issues await the Supreme Court and its newest justice

President Trump will nominate his second justice to the Supreme Court in two years Monday, and that pick could further shift the court to the right and solidify its conservative bent for years or even decades. "We have to pick a great one," Trump said during campaign rally in North Dakota. "We have to pick one that’s going to be there for 40 years, 45 years … We need intellect. We need so many things." If confirmed by the Senate, the nominee would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Throughout his three decades on the court, Kennedy was often the decisive vote in close cases, particularly those involving abortion rights. With the potential for abortion and other key issues to come before the court — and the new justice as a critical vote — Senate Democrats have started gearing up in opposition even before Trump’s announcement, saying his finalists tended to favor corporations over people and are hostile to abortion rights and other matters of privacy. Some opponents stressed that Trump worked off a list compiled by members of conservative legal organizations, particularly the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Conservatives, who were thrilled when Trump nominatedNeil Gorsuch last year, are mobilizing campaigns in support. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages." The Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, but one key member, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process. Abortion The president made it […]

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Key issues await the Supreme Court and its newest justice

Key issues await the Supreme Court and its newest justice

President Donald Trump addresses a crowd in Great Falls, Montana, on July 5, 2018. President Trump will nominate his second justice to the Supreme Court in two years Monday, and that pick could further shift the court to the right and solidify its conservative bent for years or even decades. "We have to pick a great one," Trump said during campaign rally in North Dakota. "We have to pick one that’s going to be there for 40 years, 45 years … We need intellect. We need so many things." If confirmed by the Senate, the nominee would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Throughout his three decades on the court, Kennedy was often the decisive vote in close cases, particularly those involving abortion rights. With the potential for abortion and other key issues to come before the court — and the new justice as a critical vote — Senate Democrats have started gearing up in opposition even before Trump’s announcement, saying his finalists tended to favor corporations over people and are hostile to abortion rights and other matters of privacy. Some opponents stressed that Trump worked off a list compiled by members of conservative legal organizations, particularly the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Conservatives, who were thrilled when Trump nominatedNeil Gorsuch last year, are mobilizing campaigns in support. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages." The Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, but one key member, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may […]

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