THREE LEFT: Trump Narrows Supreme Court Pick, Announcement Coming MONDAY

Ted Cruz in background with Mike Lee looking inquisitive

Ted Cruz in background with Mike Lee looking inquisitive

Conservative groups, meanwhile, have sought to sway the president's decision-making - including a whisper campaign against Kavanaugh over everything from his ties to the George W. Bush administration to an ObamaCare ruling.

A NARAL-sponsored automated poll from Public Policy Polling released Thursday said some 63 percent of Pine Tree State voters do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. After all, who knows better that a judge's job is to apply the law as it is - and not to legislate from the bench - than someone who was previously a legislator himself?

The President teased his potential pick on social media before the Fourth of July holiday, saying "I interviewed 4 very impressive people yesterday". "I think they're all outstanding. The whole list is extraordinary". "And I'm glad you asked that question because it's been a lot of misunderstanding". He's expected to announce his nomination Monday.

But she added: "No one can give you a definitive answer on what will happen in that scenario".

Starting from a list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups, Trump has also given serious consideration to federal appeals court judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen, and it's possible the White House will prepare materials on more people. Kennedy was often a swing vote on the court, sometimes siding with the court's conservatives and, at others, with the court's liberals. Trump's appointee would maintain the slim 5-4 conservative majority on the court.

So who are the candidates who could replace Kennedy? He is now serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in MI.

Kethledge has impressed those within the White House, the people close to the process said.

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The president told reporters that the process to replace Kennedy on the high court will "begin immediately". In addition, she is the youngest of the leading candidates, and Trump has said he wants his nominee to serve for decades.

On a call with associates on Monday, Cruz warned that Kavanaugh is the sort of "unreliable" jurist by whom Republicans have been disappointed in the past, and he has worked to bolster the prospects of his colleague, Sen. So with his background, with his credentials - he's a former clerk to Justice Kennedy.

The endangered senator, running for reelection in a state that President Trump won by 19 points, has put health care front-and-center in her campaign - a potentially winning issue in a race considered a toss-up. At her recent confirmation hearing, however, she said it was never permissible for judges to "follow their personal convictions in deciding a case". Barrett was rigorously tested during her hearing previous year before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"The dogma lives loudly within you", Sen.

Like Kavanaugh, Kethledge is a former Kennedy clerk and would no doubt cite that experience in attempting to appeal to moderates. He was appointed to the 6th Circuit in MI in 2008 by President George W. Bush. Like four of the five Christians on the court, Barrett is a Roman Catholic. Nearly everyone was a Catholic on that court.

Before that, Kethledge was counsel to then-Sen. He argues that being alone with one's thoughts, away from the distractions of smart phones and urgent texts, contributes to analytical clarity. He is a graduate of the University of MI, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees.

Kethledge has undoubtedly been a conservative jurist. Hardiman was the first in his family to attend college, at the University of Notre Dame, then helped pay for his law school education at Georgetown by driving a taxi.

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