Brian Cashman signs letter endorsing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

A failed litmus test Trump taints his Supreme Court pick with his promise to anti-abortion extremists
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11 July, 2018

Hatch demurred when asked by reporters whether Trump is nominating Kavanaugh. He added that "it's been reaffirmed many times, including in Planned Parenthood v. Casey", and, "I don't think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view".

As a judge of the US Court of Appeals in Washington for the past 11 years, Kavanaugh has ruled and written on some of the nation's most sensitive cases, including when he opposed the Affordable Care Act, the signature health reform of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

In an article in the Minnesota Law Review (pdf), Kavanaugh also noted his position on Senate confirmation hearings-a process he'll soon be facing. "Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of those words, 'Equal Justice Under Law, ' is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court", Harris wrote.

NOM President Brian Brown said: "Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutionalist who believes that the constitution means what it says and must be interpreted according to what the framers intended when it was crafted".

One could also argue with credibility that, while replacing arch-conservative Antonin Scalia with a younger version is acceptable, replacing the relatively moderate Kennedy, who was frequently the swing vote on the Court, with an arch-conservative is bad for the 'country.

From serving as a clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose shoes he's in line to fill on the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh went on to serve as an aide to Ken Starr, the independent counsel who probed President Bill Clinton's finances and his relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky.

The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

Did Trump choose Kavanaugh because of this opinion, skeptics are now wondering. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Cornyn says Democrats have pledged to stop the nominee at all costs, but "we will see President Trump's nominee confirmed on a timely basis".

The Democrats are now pressuring Republicans who support access to abortion services to oppose the nomination.

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Fabian Delph has flown back out to rejoin the rest of the England squad at the World Cup following the birth of his third child. We've lost to Portugal a bunch of times, so yeah, I was aware and I'm just really pleased we've changed that.


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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused him of being "a very bright legal foot soldier" for Republicans.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

"I'll keep an open mind", conservative commentator and former Reagan administration advisor Mark Levin wrote.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition. While I happen to think Presidents are entitled to the confirmation of their judicial nominees if they're intellectually and experientially qualified, it has always been accepted that ideology plays a major role in both the appointment and confirmation process.

All three states lean heavily Republican.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.

The Judiciary Committee need not approve the nomination for it to advance.

A nominee needs a majority of 51 votes but, as Senator John McCain is battling cancer in Arizona, Trump can now only muster 50 votes. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was at all".

His nomination moves the court further to the right and a more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision altogether.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh.


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