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Democrats on Wednesday were reorienting their uphill push to block U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, moving healthcare to the center of their strategy and putting less emphasis on abortion rights.

President Trump's nominee for the next Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, will draw scrutiny from Congress and the press as he proceeds through the confirmation process.

He said it's different with mid-term elections.

Kavanaugh, the conservative appellate court judge and President Donald Trump's choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, was meeting separately with at least five members of the Judiciary Committee.

The job-for-life appointment would lock down a conservative majority on the court following the departure of Kennedy, who acted as the swing vote on a number of major issues including the legalization of gay marriage across America.

Kavanaugh's opinions reflect a well-developed approach to curtailing regulatory authority as well as narrowing individual civil rights.

McConnell also mocked a Washington Post report about Kavanaugh's debt, saying it was an example of the "silliness" that Republicans believe surrounds reporting on Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Speaking to reporters, Hatch said he assumed that one of the finalists for the position this time around, appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, would be chosen "next time".

Fallon hopes Democrats will "look in the mirror and do the right thing" with respect to Kavanaugh.

"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M", the president tweeted.

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When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.

The question heading into the midterms, say strategists, comes down to who is more motivated -the conservatives eager to support Kavanaugh or the liberals who are fiercely opposed. Kavanaugh is meeting with many lawmakers during his confirmation process to give them chances to talk with him personally.

Still, this is the reality on Kavanaugh, according to Schoen: "Even if every Democrat votes against Kavanaugh, he will still be confirmed if no Republican votes against him".

That would make Kavanaugh - in a social vein - more like Justice Elena Kagan, a 2010 appointee of Obama who had similar executive branch experience and took steps early in her court tenure to ensure smooth relations with Justice Antonin Scalia on the right as well as Ginsburg on the left.

The one would-be justice who would have brought a more diverse background to the court was Harriet Miers, a Texan with a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a close association with President George W. Bush.

Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency. "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

It just so happened that on Monday night when he accepted Trump's nomination, Kavanaugh went out of his way to salute one of the justices with whom he would work.

Is it possible to predict a justice's future opinions?

"While the response is more polarized by partisanship, voters who identify or are registered as independents hold at 59 percent 'yes.' Similarly, a 55-percent majority of self-described 'moderate" voters agree their senator should confirm President Trump's pick".


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