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Supreme Court Nominee List Shortens to Mostly 'Identical' Candidates

Supreme Court Nominee List Shortens to Mostly 'Identical' Candidates

The president is choosing from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

Others who emerged on Trump's shortlist just days ago - federal judges Thomas M. Hardiman, Amul R. Thapar and Joan L. Larsen, as well as Sen. But the second time around, Murkowski could prove to be more hard for the White House to get a solid yes.

Aware that judicial picks are key voting issues, Trump has stressed that he wants a justice who will be a strict constitutionalist. And this, of course, was viewed by many as anti-Catholic, anti-religious. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett previous year during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders. And she recently made it through the confirmation process, with the Senate approving her nomination to be an appeals court judge in October. Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular.

Many of these questions surrounded Barrett's Catholic faith-she is a member of a Catholic revivalist group called "People of Praise," in which members swear an oath of loyalty and give each other input on personal life decisions-and some anxious this would influence her political opinions.

National groups have entered the fray. "I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two. They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence".

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All the three women on the US Supreme Court now - Ruth Baden Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor - are liberal and support Roe v. Wade and will oppose any attempt to overturn it. Coney Barrett's vote, the columnist argued, would broad-base the opposition to it. And among other reasons he cited how that will help, he said when the Roe v. Wade ruling is overturned, which he hopes it will be, "it would be better if it were not done by only male justices, with every female justice in dissent".

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for the lifetime post on the top US judicial body, is expected to announce his decision on Monday.

"Her clarity and intellectual strength in the Senate hearings for her current judgeship showed an intellect and a depth of thought that would be powerful on the Supreme Court", Gingrich wrote. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process.

Garland serves on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, along with leading high court canidate Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation.

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On Kavanaugh, Trump has asked people about his connections to George W. Bush, following public criticisms from some conservatives about those ties.

Collins has said she would not back someone hostile to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established the right to abortion. The announcement is likely to set off a major confirmation battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority and opposition Democrats say they are ready for a fight over Trump's court pick.

Roger Meyers, who clerked for Kethledge from 2009 to 2010, described the judge as "a committed originalist and textualist, which means he shows no favoritism to either side in any case, and instead applies the law as it is written". Because the Senate is split with 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and two independents who are members of the Democratic caucus, the stakes could not be higher for the lucky legal mind Trump nominates. It's not only a "less emotionally charged way to talk about it, but a more realistic way. because so many facets of it have to do with health care", says Jennifer Lawless, an expert on women and politics at the University of Virginia.

One Schoolhouse Rock episode compares the federal government to a circus with three rings, explaining that the executive, legislative and judicial branches are separate parts with clearly defined roles, but together create a cohesive whole.

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