During an CNN interview on Tuesday morning, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah did not deny an NBC report that outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy "received assurances" from President Trump that if he retired, Judge Brett Kavanaugh - one of Kennedy's former clerks - would be nominated to be his replacement.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in agreement with a Texas judge that the teenager was legally entitled to an abortion. Still, Leahy doesn't talk as though Senate confirmation is a done deal.
"One thing we have in common with Senator Collins is her commitment and our commitment to our patients", said Nicole Clegg, the vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
The newly-nominated justice on Tuesday went to the US Capitol to begin meeting with senators ahead of any confirmation hearings to explain his positions. He said the majority opinion was "based on a constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in United States government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".
Whatever Kavanaugh's leanings may be on hot-button topics, Republicans accused their Democratic colleagues of elevating political considerations over the nominee's qualifications as a jurist. "If you're going to say "I'm going to support him" today or "I'm not going to support him" today, then you're not doing the job we're here to do".
Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over Murkowski and Collins.
If Democrats can convince voters in red states that Kavanaugh is a threat to Obama-era health care, they might be able to peel off the one or two GOP votes needed to sink Kavanaugh's nomination.
Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge, did not respond to questions.
"Her example told me the importance of equality for all Americans". "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position.
Clinton, for example, "could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots", Kavanaugh wrote in the 2009 Minnesota Law Review article. The Republicans pick up seats, increase their majority?
Republican Sen. Rand Paul reportedly took issue with Kavanaugh's rulings on health care, which could be a concern due to Republicans' small margin for error in the Senate. Heitkamp is up for reelection in November in a race that is considered a toss-up.
"I'm not anxious about it at this point", Sen. "And we should treat this process with the respect and the dignity that it deserves".
"We'll also show you all the ways predictably the Democrats will try to obstruct the president's constitutional duty", Hannity said.
The G.O.P. could be buffered by defections from the other side of the aisle.
Great America PAC and Great America Alliance will next week launch a campaign to confirm Kavanaugh built around cable television, radio and digital ads in seven states that were won by Trump in 2016 and where Democratic senators are campaigning for reelection. This decision will directly impact nearly 40 percent of my state, so I'm very interested in his position on protecting West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.
Fervid and fanatical (many of these folks perform these same carnival acts day after day after day beneath the portico that says EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW) or ingenuous and passionate about invoking their sacred right to assemble and to shout their truest beliefs the demonstrators were reacting to Donald Trump's second nomination to the highest court.