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Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

The 81-year-old will step down in July paving the way for President Trump to name his second Supreme Court justice in as many years.

Trump also said he's looking to replace Kennedy with someone who will spend four decades on the Supreme Court.

Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party.

"I'm very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office because he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy", Trump said of Kennedy at a rally in North Dakota on Wednesday night.

"I think it's going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you're gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it's for the woman and her doctor to make the decision", Northup said.

Trump's list was assembled with the input of conservative legal activists who also touted Gorsuch for the previous court vacancy.

The Times article describes an unusually close relationship between Anthony Kennedy and Trump and a "quiet campaign" from the White House to encourage Kennedy to retire.

Kennedy personally delivered his retirement letter to the White House on Wednesday afternoon, after he told his fellow justices of his plans.

Trump has already appointed one Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, to fill the seat vacated for over a year by the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Maslin said the court opening might even end up helping the Democratic incumbents if voters become anxious that a tilt to the right will endanger abortion rights, gay rights and access to health care. "I said, 'Mr. President, that's your choice'".

Some more neutral observers believe that while both sides will use the court battle to boost turnout, the advantage will go to the Republicans. He said that he would be interviewing possible nominees over the weekend. Other states, including MS and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.

Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. Among the issues now in the courts are Arkansas' regulation of abortion pills and a Kentucky law that would ban a common procedure for second-trimester abortions.

That's true, and it's the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.

"The question we are raising is if you have a heartbeat, you have a life and if you have a life then under the Constitution, you are guaranteed a right to life and due process and equal protection under the law before that life is taken away", Greg Heartsill, an Iowa GOP state representative, said in an interview.

Manchin says, "If he picks somebody that's hardcore on Roe v. Wade or that's hardcore on repealing healthcare that's a bigger lift".

"I'll be announcing it the Monday after the Fourth of July", Trump said.

"No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins told Politico.

A key part of the vetting process will likely be reviewing the judge's history of written opinions, said a person with knowledge of Trump's thinking, who noted that the range of Gorsuch's past opinions impressed Trump.

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