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Leahy: Trump's Supreme Court Pick 'More Than Frightening'

12 July 2018

Do you think Kavanaugh is a good pick?

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "an impressive" nominee who is "well qualified" to sit on the nation's highest court.

The confirmation battle could serve, though, as a test run for prospective 2020 candidates to flex their rhetorical muscles and engage with the base in the early stages of the next presidential election.

The ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee is the only one of four Democrats who voted to confirm Kavanaugh to be a federal appellate judge in 2006 who still is in the Senate.

Fallon tweeted back: "We already know the answers to these questions, Tim Kaine". Kavanaugh's nomination was vetted and approved by the Federalist Society, a powerful band of conservative lawyers intent on reshaping government.

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The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday.

J.D. Vance makes the case for President Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee. Given Kavanaugh has been a reliably conservative judge, this could be a source of friction for Manchin.

"In particular, we plan to focus on the personal vetting of Kavanaugh, rather than career or legal vetting", a two-page memo obtained by CNN outlining the firm's plan in the weeks and months ahead says. Those laws, passed long after Roe was handed down, would make abortion illegal if and when the Supreme Court were to say Roe is no more. Trump ended up picking a former clerk of Kennedy's.

Trump said Monday he picked Kavanaugh for his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and proven commitment to equal justice under the law". "In that case, I think moms of three or more kids ought to be able to murder at will".

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But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.

This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

Kavanaugh, for his part, has said from the circuit bench that he believes in man-made global warming, but green critics say his rulings have often curbed the reach of EPA. Some Democrats said Kavanaugh, a more committed conservative, could disrupt precedents like Roe v. Wade, which said women have the constitutional right to abortions.

At the moment, Jones is undecided, saying he'll wait to conduct an "independent review" of Kavanaugh's record. That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing. "I have a hard time seeing any scenario in which Kavanaugh would be the decisive vote on a question like this", he said.

Still, Paul is No. 2 on the list because he hasn't issued his support yet. Realistically, how much of an impact do you think Democrats can have on this process?

"We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell said during his weekly press availability. The two other branches are represented by the presidency and Congress. NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a new advertising campaign warning that Kavanagh is "ready to end Roe v. Wade". "It's about government taking on the decision about a woman and what she does with her body, instead of giving that woman and her family and her God the power to make the decision for herself".

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Without the votes to block Kavanaugh's nomination, Democrats inside and outside the Senate are searching for ways to throw roadblocks in front of the process - and potentially raise enough concern that at least one Republican senator will defect to oppose the selection.

Leahy: Trump's Supreme Court Pick 'More Than Frightening'