Trump has called the Supreme Court pick "the most important decision a US president can make", and advocates say that nominating a conservative justice to replace Kennedy could overturn long-standing decisions such as Roe v. Wade.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. It'll likely be a name on the list that President Trump compiled while he was campaigning for the presidency, which has already been vetted by conservative groups.
Hatch said he is prepared for his 15th Supreme Court confirmation fight since becoming a senator. President Barack Obama announced the selection of Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor from the White House during the day. She said the Senate "should confirm his nomination without delay". Republicans meanwhile are lobbying the White House on behalf of their preferred candidate.
At a White House ceremony announcing the pick, Trump described Kavanaugh as a man of "impeccable credentials" and a "true thought leader among his peers". A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right. At The National Law Journal, Leon Friedman contends that even if the nominee is confirmed, "that doesn't mean progressives are powerless against such rollbacks" to abortion rights, LGBT rights and affirmative action.
Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year. He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.
The nominee has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record since 2006 on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the same court where three current justices including Chief Justice John Roberts previously served.
Speaking of the president's shortlist, which The Hill reported includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, Graham suggested that any conservative Republican would be happy with the options-touting Hardiman in particular as a good choice.
But his supporters note his experience and a wide range of legal opinions.
They include JudgeRaymond Kethledge, 51, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who would puncture the Ivy League aura that cloaks the Supreme Court since he studied law at the University of MI and not Harvard or Yale.
Barrett has spent 15 years of her life as a law professor at Notre Dame.
Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published past year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude".
He tweeted: "Trump SCOTUS team has looked at Kavanaugh's past comments on indicting a sitting president, we've confirmed". "This is a really big decision for him".
"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people".
Kavanaugh's time in Bush administrations, for example, could count against him with a President who is suspicious of the political establishment. "For these and other reasons, we are calling on citizens to urge their senators to firmly oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court". The Heritage Foundation is the nation's largest conservative think tank and has provided thousands of policy recommendations and personnel suggestions to multiple presidents and to Congress since 1975.
The government of Dominica said it would shut down its water system and Puerto Rico's governor warned of likely new power outages. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris , is bobbing 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Enrique has beaten off competition from an array of candidates to lead Spain, for whom he scored 12 goals in 62 games. Barcelona then won the World Club Cup and at the end of the 2015-16 season added another Spanish double.
In Colorado, firefighters took advantage of occasional rainstorms to extend their containment lines at several large wildfires. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection ( CAL FIRE) in a release issued at 7.30 p.m. local time (10.30 p.m.
A protester is seen on the Statue of Liberty in New York , New York, US, July 4, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. But Rise and Resist NYC, which organized the protest, said her protest on the statue was not part of the group's move.
Scoring at the event, which takes place on New York's Coney Island boardwalk every Fourth of July, has financial implications. Another name to keep an eye on is 24-year-old Carmen Cincotti , who gobbled down 60 hot dogs last year to finish second.
Leonard demanded a trade out of San Antonio after he was limited to just nine games in 2017-18 because of an injured right quad. Parker, 36, was drafted by the Spurs 28th overall in 2001 draft and has spent his entire professional career in San Antonio .
The method they are trying to use is cheek-swab DNA tests from all the captive children. "You've taken the child from the parent". The detention centres are located on federal land and are thus not subject to supervision by local governments, reports CBS News.
However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3 and will now face England on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Croatia beat Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0) and Iceland (2-1) to win Group D with 9 points.
USA unemployment rate rises unexpectedly to 4.0% | 6 July 2018
With a record 6.7 million unfilled jobs in April, economists are optimistic that wage growth will accelerate later this year. Many experts have expected job gains to slow because the low employment rate is making it harder for firms to find workers.
YouTube stars die in 100-foot waterfall plunge
A number of other Youtubers who work as part of the High On Life collective shared a video in their memory this week. The group also launched a GoFundMe page to help the trio's families with arrangements.
Samsung expected to see smallest profits yet
This is expected to be a drag on profit growth when the Korean conglomerate posts second quarter earnings on Friday. But as early as now, analysts are viewing its second quarter performance as the first decrease in seven quarters.
Wimbledon -- Men's third-round matches
Monfils is another fourth round debutant after he knocked out last year's semi-finalist Sam Querrey 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2. He will face Australian teenager Alex De Minaur in the next round.
Park wins Women's PGA Championship
Ryu was able to increase her lead to two shots with a birdie on the same hole, but her tee shot on the 17th went into the water. After exploding onto the scene a year ago, Park found herself in a sophomore slump most of this season, missing five cuts.