Youth, conservative cred not only factors in high court pick

Youth, conservative cred not only factors in high court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re all younger than 55 and conservative enough to make a first cut. But the four judges who are apparently the finalists for President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination are being measured against a set of questions that go well beyond age and ideology. Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate? Academic credentials, professional experience and sometimes even gender, race and geographical diversity all can be part of the equation. The stakes are sky high for filling the opening created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement. The new justice has the potential to entrench conservative control of the Supreme Court for years to come. Here are some of the pluses and minuses for each of the presumed leading candidates, in alphabetical order: The head of the powerful National Rifle Association in the United States has slammed advocates of gun control, accusing some of exploiting last week’s school shooting in Florida. Wayne LaPierre blasted "opportunists" and "European-style socialists" in America, accusing the NRA’s critics of waiting "not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain". More than a week on from the atrocity that left 17 people dead, Donald Trump went the furthest he has ever gone on suggesting reforms on gun control. However, the president reiterated his idea of arming some teachers, first raised on Wednesday, and suggested they be paid a bonus. It has […]

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