Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Justice Kennedy retires after 30 years

The son of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was leading a real-estate division of Deutsche Bank as it gave President Donald Trump over $1 billion in loans to finance his real-estate projects when other banks wouldn't, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Donald Trump wants his Supreme Court pick to still be on the bench in 2043 as he spends the weekend working his way through a list of five runners and riders. A total of 26 percent of Trump voters told pollsters that Supreme Court nominees were the most important factor in their voting, compared with only 18 percent of Clinton voters who felt that way.

What's becoming clear, though, is that to win over some of the senators, the administration will need to steer away from a nominee with widely and publicly shared personal views on abortion or overturning Roe vs. Wade.

The poll, which was conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that abortion ranked a distant fourth when respondents were asked to list the issue of most concern to them among several that could come before the court.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, 47, a member of the Senate that must confirm Trump's nominee, is also under consideration, aides said.

"We have great people. highly talented, brilliant, mostly conservative judges", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New Jersey.

So there's a lot more at stake in the debate over Justice Kennedy's successor than just who will fill his Supreme Court seat. "And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

On the current court, in addition to Thomas' outright opposition to Roe, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito have voted consistently to sustain abortion restrictions. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November.

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Senator Chris Murphy said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must follow his own precedent, set when he refused to allow a vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in an election year.

"Senator Collins does not apply ideological litmus tests to nominees", Clark said.

Iowa's "heartbeat" law prohibits doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks, with exceptions in the case of certain instances of rape, incest or medical emergency.

"They're looking for anything and everything to motivate their base because they know they've got a big problem on their hands", said Maslin. "This appointment will have a significant effect on the availability of abortion", Carroll said. Other states, including MS and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods. "And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that". "The idea of Trump having his choice to fill another vacancy is terrifying for not only abortion rights, but for our ability to live free from discrimination in this country".

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger toward Trump.

"He is going to put someone on the court who will be the fifth vote to criminalize abortion, punish women and throw them in jail", declared Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

"It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion", Cole said.

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