The Trump 25: Life on Trump's list is complex, jolting

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Wednesday

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Wednesday

Right now, it seems unlikely that Senate Republicans would sink a Trump nominee, due to the sky-high stakes and the country's hyper-partisan political climate.

The president, who is planning a Monday night announcement from the East Room in the White House, has told reporters that he was focused on four people and "of the four people I have it down to three or two". He was appointed to the 6th Circuit in MI in 2008 by President George W. Bush.

Wu urged the U.S. Senate to hold any nominee's feet to the fire over precedents set by various other cases over the past few decades that have expanded protections for the LGBTQ community.

In Missouri, McCaskill's likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, has seized on the Supreme Court vacancy, challenging McCaskill to a debate on the issue.

The GOP's focus on the judiciary has been sharpened by their narrow 51-49 Senate majority, which has made passing legislation hard. Just about every nominee they've put up there has voted the way they wanted on just about every single issue.

The newcomers to the bench follow a type. And he was the runner-up for the Supreme Court seat that went to Justice Gorsuch. Before he was nominated to the D.C. circuit by George W. Bush, he was Bush's White House staff secretary and worked for Bush during the 2000 Florida vote recount. Three of the judges are Asian-American men and one is a Hispanic man.

A person familiar with the search process confirms Pence's participation. Almost 42 percent were women - the highest share of female judicial appointments of any president.

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"She said, 'I just saw you on TV!" "This probably is the most extremist slate of judges we've ever seen". Her judicial philosophy is well known from her many academic writings, so she would not be a dreaded stealth nominee who would provoke conservative opposition. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is not said to be under serious consideration by the White House but is the only lawmaker Trump has considered for the position.

Republicans need a win right now and Lee is "smart politics", said David Bozell, president of ForAmerica, the largest conservative organization on social media.

The three leading candidates were all on a list of 25 names released by the president past year. He announced the Senate wouldn't consider Obama's nominee because it was a presidential election year.

Collins made that clear when she met with Trump shortly after Kennedy's retirement at the end of June. McConnell has characterized the gambit as his single greatest achievement.

It's not surprising then - and indeed a "smart" strategy, according to Professor Lawless and others - that Democratic Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of NY is highlighting and pairing abortion rights and health care as issues that hang in the balance with Justice Kennedy's replacement.

"Better him than me", Thomas recalled thinking.

It began when Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, then the Senate majority leader, changed the rules of the Senate. In November, voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at precluding arguments for access to abortion under the state constitution, should the Supreme Court ever send the question of abortion back to the states. The campaign will invest heavily in the ME and Alaska markets to stoke the mounting pressure on Collins and Murkowski to vote against the nominee. And Republicans, who now have just a single-vote majority, would have a much more hard time mustering the votes to change Senate rules today.

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