Trump to unveil Supreme Court pick for the ages

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Trump will nominate a justice who could set the course of the country for years and decades to come - for good or ill, depending upon your viewpoint - but a late development this weekend reinforces that the decision isn't destined to be a home run.

Trump's pick will cement a 5-4 majority on the court for conservatives who could quite possibly dominate for a generation and, combined with his aggressive efforts to appoint judges to other federal courts across the country, ensure that the imprint of his contentious presidency will endure long after he has left office. Kyl also was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on Trump's choice for the court.

The Kentucky Republican reportedly told Trump and White House counsel Donald McGahn last week that Judges Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge could be confirmed more easily than Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, background right, board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. That decision was later overturned.

While Democrats are flailing, Trump can hardly lose.

But his work on President Bill Clinton's impeachment, his close ties to President George W. Bush and his ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law, which he opposed on procedural rather than broader legal grounds, have raised concerns among some conservatives.

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Hardiman, who turned 53 on Sunday, is a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and was the runner-up to Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.

The White House reassigned key communications staff last week to focus exclusively on the looming Supreme Court fight.

Barrett, confirmed to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, has faced opposition by abortion rights groups because she has called Roe v. Wade an erroneous decision. The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump found Kethledge a little tiresome and anxious about his record on immigration. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. The ads will simply tell viewers who the nominee is and explain why they are qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. Doug Jones of Alabama.

Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right.

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