Murkowski wants Kennedy-like high court nominee

Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine said Sunday that any judge who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade has an

Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick

As Trump weighs his options, he has heard from Sen.

"Thapar's tenure as a prosecutor may have influenced his approach to criminal law cases, in which he has often, but not always, come out on the side of the government", Edith Roberts, an editor at Scotusblog, wrote of the potential nominee. But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land". Paul's objections echo those made by outside conservative groups over Kavanaugh, who is seen as a top contender for the vacancy but who activists warn is too much of an establishment-aligned choice.

Speculation is growing as to whether the landmark ruling will be overturned when President Trump makes his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Daily Beast editor Erin Ryan also said Tuesday on CNN that "if [Trump] does pick a woman she'll be known as the "Aunt Lydia" of the Supreme Court", referring to a character in "The Handmaid's Tale" who subjugates other women. He told Fox News last week, "My understanding is that that is what the Senate rules allow and you're still a senator until you're no longer a senator".

The White House says Trump has spoken to seven candidates.

Lee's office characterized the conversation as an interview.

The president's list of candidates for the Supreme Court is outstanding.

Larsen is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where she has been serving since November 2017. Like Kethledge, he is now is a judge on the U.S. court of appeals for the sixth circuit.

President Trump says he will announce his Supreme Court nominee on Monday.

The court is split with five judges nominated by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, ruling on many cases along ideological lines.

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"I got the feeling that he was still deliberating and had not yet reached a decision, and that this was genuine outreach on his part", Collins said. "If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down preexisting conditions protections in the ACA". At the same time, Trump predicted a "vicious" debate over the nominee.

Paul's office did not respond to requests for comment. He also pointed to Barrett's past statements on the Affordable Care Act and contraception.

Trump's election has been crucial to the pro-life movement. Lee spokesman Conn Carroll confirmed that the two spoke Monday while Lee was in Utah.

Shah, who serves as principal deputy press secretary under Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies", Sanders said in a statement.

There have also been lobbying efforts around other candidates.

However, the senator later said she would be looking to precedent in her vote on Supreme Court nominees, suggesting Roe v. Wade would have an impact on her decision. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Sen. Spence Abraham, who hired Kethledge as a young staffer in the 1990s.

For those who fear the prospect of a Senate, president and Supreme Court greatly at odds with popular opinion, it seems there are a few possible solutions.

But her short tenure on the bench may work against her.

Democrats fear the new justice, is likely to overturn a court's decision from 1973, called Roe v. Wade that mandated all 50 states to legitimize abortion. There's one name on the list who is garnering particular attention, however - someone who is reportedly one of four finalists who have already met with Mr Trump in the White House.

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