After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, PresidentDonald Trump decided on his second nominee to the Supreme Court on Monday, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right.
While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
A senior White House official said Trump made his final decision on the nomination Sunday evening, then phoned Kavanaugh to inform him.
In anticipation of Trump filling the vacancy left by the retiring Anthony Kennedy - widely considered to be the court's "swing vote" - with a judge thought to have more conservative bona fides, many outside advocacy groups are already bracing for what will likely be a contentious confirmation battle. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.
White House Principal Press Secretary, Raj Shah, tweeted out the following statement regarding Casey's opposition.
"The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you". Hardiman was the first person in his family to attend college, and he helped pay for his Georgetown University law degree by driving a taxi.
J.J. McCullough of National Review argues that a "more rightward Supreme Court will yield many good things, yet political enthusiasm for outcomes should not supersede all other concerns". "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically". As CNN previously reported, McConnell has consulted with Trump and his team daily on strategy and Senate math for the possible picks.
See a glacier spawn an iceberg in this dramatic video
New York University scientists have captured a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland on video. It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over.
Britain's economy grew by 0.3% in May driven by services
The BoE is expected to raise rates by 25 basis points to 0.75 percent on August 2, according to a Reuters poll of economists. A man takes a photograph of the Canary Wharf financial district from Greenwich Park in London, Britain, January 22, 2017.
Fireball seen across Midwest skies Sunday evening
More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society. One woman who filed a report with the AMS said she heard a loud boom after the fireball passed.
Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co. Barrett is popular with social conservatives, but her prospects for being nominated to the post are fading, according to The Wall Street Journal.
MARTIN: Is there any way to discern how much President Trump is weighing the idea of confirmability in his process?
With the Senate's Republican leadership saying it aims to complete the confirmation process before November's midterm elections, Democrats were nearing panic mode.
Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".
"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind", said Casey. He's written 286 opinions, which is the most of any current judge under consideration. He said Sunday on CNN that he is "concerned about this nomination" but cautioned that it was too early to say how he planned to vote.
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen. Hardiman, meanwhile, served with Trump's sister on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia.
Hirono's comments come in contrast to what other Senate Democrats have said of the nominee.
The Duchess also accessorised with gloves, which she could be seen carrying alongside a clutch, all in ideal tonal coordination. Harry and Meghan will "meet the people of Dublin and visit organisations which are central to Irish life".
She is questioning everything, and this is making her make rash decisions which are backfiring (i.e breaking up with Jack). However in the clip after, you see Wes and Meg only going in for their kiss in the background of Georgia and Jack's kiss.
The challenges will now be harder for City as their domestic rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are strengthening their side. Hazard now wears the number 10 shirt for club and country, but Luka Modric occupies that jersey at the Bernabeu.
He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi . Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to move to Juventus after nine years at Real Madrid , the La Liga side have confirmed.
According to the Daily Mail , the Algerian worldwide is set for a medical at Manchester City between Sunday and Tuesday. He will be welcomed back to King Power Stadium as both an opposition player and a friend of the Club.
Second baseman Jose Altuve, who is making his sixth All-Star appearance and fifth consecutive, was selected as a starter. Boston's Mookie Betts , who leads the major leagues with a.342 batting average, is also an AL outfielder starter.
There is then the midfield contest between Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne , who plays for United's city rivals Manchester City. So all of the above applies for fans hoping to watch England and Croatia play for a spot in the World Cup 2018 finals.
On their dismissal, curative petitions were filed by the affected parties seeking re-examination of the original verdict. Even the Centre had at that time favoured retention of the provision in the IPC as penal offence.
After nearly a decade on the loose, authorities have finally captured a "monster" Northern Territory crocodile. It was snared in a trap moored in the spawling Katherine River system, about 250 miles south of Darwin.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: Bale wishes star luck
A day later, Spanish newspaper Marca reported the five-time Champions League victor had begun looking for a house in Turin. Ronaldo wrote an open thank you letter to Real Madrid supporters that was published on the club's website.
Rescue operation suspended after 8th boy freed from Thai cave
On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue. Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.
Disney's Christopher Robin Sneak Peek Has Adorable Animals
Marc Forster ( Finding Neverland ) directs Christopher Robin from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder . The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers.
Bucks’ Donte DiVincenzo has $3.71 in his bank account
Assuming 120 percent of the rookie scale, he'd be on track for a two-year deal worth $5,386,800 ($2,481,000 being the cap hit). According to the NBA Rookie Scale, the first-year salary of a 17th pick should be around $2,067,500.
Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada
Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC , U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC. Winds are still at 70 miles per hour , making it a strong tropical storm approaching hurricane strength.
A quick look at the "final four" Supreme Court candidates
In this March 8, 2017, file photo, Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Supreme Court shows that we also can no longer count on our highest court to uphold these protections".
Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave
It had been feared that sustained heavy rain could raise water levels inside the cave, greatly hindering the rescue operation . Musk posted videos on Twitter of the aluminum sub being tested at a swimming pool Sunday midafternoon California time.
Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up
The victor will face either Croatia or England , who play Thursday (2am Malaysia time ), in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Hazard moved to Lille when he was 14 and he and his brothers used to admire the French 1998 World Cup winning side.
Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane
Captain Harry Kane is leading England's charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot. In possession, Belgium stuck to their classic 3-4-2-1 system, however, the formation was subjected to minor tweaks.