Supreme Court pick's impact on abortion rights laws in the Heartland

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"This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted Monday.

Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. "Judge Kavanaugh is known as a judge who respects the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench".

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Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. Previous lobbying efforts by McConnell - including a push for fellow Kentuckian 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amul Thapar, who would have been the court's first Asian-American nominee - have failed.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Graham said. More importantly, JCN will be targeting the ad in red states with Democrat Senators: Alabama, North Dakota, Indiana and West Virginia.

Even if all 49 members of the Democratic caucus united to oppose the nominee they would still need at least one Republican to join them to block the nomination.

His pick will have a tough nomination battle ahead of them, with Republicans holding onto a single seat majority in the Senate, with John McCain ill and possibly unable to participate in the confirmation process.

I look forward to making an announcement soon so that we can further strengthen and protect liberty and justice for all. "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump said.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event.

Former GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire helped shepherd Neil Gorsuch, Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2017, through his successful confirmation process.

His mother was also a judge.

The conservative Kavanaugh is looking to take over a spot set to be vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy's abrupt impending retirement. While waiting, he's penned he has written almost 300 opinions and sent 41 of his law clerks to similar posts at the high court - far more than any of the other leading candidates for the nomination. None is older than 53, meaning they could sit on the court for decades, allowing Trump to make a lasting imprint on the nation's laws.

Fix the Court has released financial information on the contenders here. Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House. But he has a comparatively thin record of judicial opinions and some conservatives have voiced concerns that he could turn out to be similar to Justice David Souter, who was appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush but sometimes sided with the court's liberals.

Before announcing his choice, Trump paused a moment to thank Kennedy for a lifetime of service. But his decision and status as the court's swing vote on a number of social issues left liberals anxious the court would soon become more conservative under Trump's watch. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable. Though Kennedy is a conservative, he was often a swing vote on big decisions, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action.

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