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But in recent days the White House has seen the pressure ebb, as Kavanaugh's defenders - most recently Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush - have provided balance.

Writing in the Washington Post, Thiessen explained that Democrats have no one to blame but themselves, recalling a series of missteps that brought us to the current situation, where justices can be confirmed in the Senate with a simple majority vote.

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 45-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, Arizona could be one of the first states in the nation to ban abortion. Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just past year.

Kavanaugh and Kethledge have the "inside track", according to a person close to the president, because some White House officials believe Coney Barrett, 46, could instead be a pick for the high court in the coming years, after she gains more experience on the federal bench.

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Kethledge, 51, like Kavanaugh, also clerked for Kennedy.

"Each act of liberal indiscretion - each attempt to sully the name of a qualified nominee and inject politics into the process - is part and parcel of the progressive project to radically remake the federal judiciary", he said, making the case that the goal of Democrats was to make judicial appointments who would work more as "super-legislators" and "political judges". "The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern", Feinstein said of Barrett. According to biographical information submitted in 2006, he was born in Winchester and grew up in Waltham, where he even briefly worked as a taxi driver after graduating from Notre Dame in 1987.

"He looks, walks and quacks like John G. Roberts Jr.", said former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II, referencing the chief justice of the United States, who angered conservatives with his rulings on President Barack Obama's signature health-care law.

Mr Trump has chosen 9pm on Monday evening, a primetime TV slot, to make his announcement.

Due to its intent to be a pro-life film, the producer Nick Loeb says other actors and crew members have quit.They've also reportedly had difficulty shooting on locations in New Orleans and his alma matter Louisiana State University. It's also possible he could be trying to nudge Trump toward picking Barrett. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. While Kavanaugh is certainly conservative, he's not a "bomb thrower", in Malcolm's words. Susan Collins (R-ME). Both are pro-choice Republicans, which means the question of overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case establishing a woman's right to have an abortion, will likely take center stage in the confirmation hearing process. Trump finally nominated judge Neil Gorsuch. Trump previous year appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to take a seat that the Republican-led U.S. Senate, which must confirm nominees to the high court, had prevented Democratic former President Barack Obama from filling in 2016 following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. "Judge Kethledge has a history of opposing women's reproductive freedom", he wrote.

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