Trump meets with 4 potential SCOTUS candidates

Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick

Collins is among small group of USA senators whose support is seen as crucial to securing the confirmation of a new Supreme Court Justice following the retirement announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Amy Coney Barrett is emerging as a strong contender.

Wednesday the court issued an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that ruled against the Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, a California state law that required anti-abortion pregnancy clinics to post information about where women can find free or low-priced services, including abortion.

Republicans have 51 Senate votes and need 50 to confirm Trump's nominee, assuming Vice President Mike Pence votes with them to break a tie.

Trump is expected to announce his pick from the list, which now comprises over 25 judges from across the country, on July 9.

One of the candidates in a short list of 25 potential nominees announced by Trump during his campaign included Judge Amul Thapar, who is now a federal judge in Kentucky.

She has spoken publicly about her conviction that life begins at conception, and in a 2003 law journal article, she argued that courts could be more flexible in overturning prior "errors" in precedent. The coat hanger is symbolic of the unsafe abortions women used to undergo before abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court. But she has also raised doubts about whether the high court would ever overturn Roe, according to a 2013 article in Notre Dame Magazine. At her confirmation hearing last fall to become an appellate court judge, Democrats peppered Barrett on whether her Roman Catholic faith would interfere with her work.

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Stocks on Wall Street were volatile as investors anxious about the mounting trade war between the U.S. and its trading partners. Warner warned if the US were to hit Canada with auto tariffs, it would be "a real kick in the gut" to the country's economy.

She also served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, and clerked for David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 and confirmed in 2008. Before that, abortion was illegal in many states, although several, like NY, had begun to legalize it. Litigation over the issue is continuing.

Trump's potential picks have a sharp divide between those with a long service on the circuit courts and those who are brand new, setting up what could be very different confirmation battles in terms of the contours of the fight. Republicans control the chamber by only a slim majority, making the views of moderates, including some Democrats, important.

He has said he was homing in on up to seven candidates, including two women.

"Think about Dred Scott; think about separate but equal... all of these really shameful decisions in our nation's history and I believe that one day we're going to see Roe in that same list", she predicted.

Trump interviewed four potential nominees on Monday, spending about 45 minutes with each.

Most Democrats and Independents support Roe v. Wade: 84 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Independents said they agree with the landmark decision. But Kennedy and his confederates ruled that just because Trump said banning Muslims was his objective didn't make it so.

The Republicans have slender two-vote lead in the 100-member Senate and at least one Senator from the party, Susan Collins has said that keeping abortions legal would be a requirement for her to support the Trump nominee and another, Lisa Murkowski, has previously opposed efforts to overturn the 1973 ruling.

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