Murkowski wants Kennedy-like high court nominee

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"For anybody who believes that the Constitution protects things like reproduction and LGBT rights this is bad - and we know it's bad because Donald Trump Jr.is happy", Oliver said, referencing Trump Jr.'s celebratory tweet on Kennedy's retirement.

Speaking from the White House Monday afternoon, President Trump revealed he met with four potential nominees for the Supreme Court earlier in the day. He consulted with advisers during a weekend at his Bedminster golf club, and the White House has mobilized a team to manage the nomination and confirmation process. Collins has publicly stated that she won't vote in favor of a Supreme Court Justice nominee who is willing to overturn Roe v. Wade but also downplayed concerns that reversing the historic decision is under threat by the Trump administration.

Schumer says while Democrats are outnumbered in the narrowly divided Senate, most senators back abortion rights and the added coverage created by former President Barack Obama's health care law. "It's America's most depressing game show", Oliver said. "It requires the public's focus on these issues, and its pressure on the Senate". Kennedy served as a swing vote and voted in favor both same-sex marriage and Obamacare.

The White House does not appear to be counting on Nelson's support and instead is focusing on three other vulnerable Democrats facing re-election: Sen.

"I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law", Collins told reporters this week. Susan Collins of ME said she was not comfortable with everyone he has considered. Susan Collins are moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services.

Such a judge, she said, "would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the White House Counsel's office, led by Don McGahn, will again oversee the selection and confirmation process.

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Hume said the upcoming battle over whoever Trump chooses is "likely to get really nasty".

Sanders wouldn't provide the names of the candidates who met with Trump or the two to three candidates expected to meet with the president later this week.

Making his second Supreme Court appointment less than 18 months into his presidency will let Trump cement conservative control of the court for years to come.

WASHINGTON-Though John Roberts has been chief justice of the United States for 13 years, this fall's term may see the true birth of the Roberts Court. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe.

Possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. criticized the record of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN, who is one of seven judges considered to be front-runners.

He has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.

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