Prior to his appointment in 2006, Kavanaugh served as assistant to the president and staff secretary and was a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office and in the Solicitor General's Office during the Bush administration.
The left, clearly hoping for some sort of an upset in the Senate races in the fall, wants to invoke the McConnell precedent to try to generate public opposition to moving forward with a nominee to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's seat this summer and early fall. He has written all the court's major gay-rights decisions, including the 2015 ruling that declared same-sex marriage is a constitutional right nationwide.
But Trump said he would not directly probe the candidates about their position on the Roe v. Wade decision.
THOMAS HARDIMAN of Pennsylvania, US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit: Hardiman was among those interviewed by Trump a year ago to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death.
The president, who spoke aboard Air Force One on the way to his golf club in New Jersey, said he had identified a group of at least five potential candidates for the nation's high court and he may interview as many as seven. The FBI is still conducting background checks, the person said.
Instead we'll think back fondly to the days - not that long ago - when filling these vacancies didn't routinely devolve into all-out tribal warfare.
The president says Kennedy was at the White House for about 30 minutes. "I stressed the importance of nominating someone to the Supreme Court who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice, and above politics".
Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice. Kennedy turns 82 in July and was the oldest justice behind 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
But fast forward just months later in January 2017, following Trump's presidential win, and McConnell had a change of tone.
In the wise words of Maya Angelou, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time". The Supreme Court allowed it to go largely into effect in December while the legal challenge continued.
Jerry Johnson, president of National Religious Broadcasters, joined many in noting the importance of Kennedy's replacement.
Now, Democrats argue that Trump's pick should not be put to a vote until after new legislators are elected in midterm polls this fall.
AMY CONEY BARRETT of Indiana, US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit: Barrett is a relatively new appeals court judge in Chicago, confirmed past year after a bruising confirmation fight.
With Fortnite's fifth season just around the corner , players are no doubt eagerly anticipating news on what form it might take. MrPopoTFS on Reddit (a developer at the game) has clarified when we can see an update for Playground mode hit.
Spring St. after refusing to move out of the street when the Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly. Pramila Jayapal put out a call for protests less than two weeks ago, and they've been "overwhelmed" by the response.
Comcast and Xfinity users may need to find something else to do Friday after a massive outage affected users' cable and internet. Comcast provided a statement to CNBC confirming a "nationwide outage impacting some of our internet, video and voice customers".
The budget airline said in a statement that the Ngurah Rai International Airport was closed today, from 3am to 7pm. An earlier flight on AirAsia was called off before the airport was shuttered early Friday morning.
We played similarly against Lionel Messi and Argentina. "Now we can focus on preparations for the knockout stage", said Badelj. But Crespo - who scored 35 goals in 64 games for Argentina - said the dependance made complete sense.
Instagram has also used this announcement to brag about the fact that Stories have reached 400 million daily active users. From there you can search for a song , select the part you want, and record a video as the song plays in the background.
He said the company has been working with Twitter to see if the tweets could be removed and to figure out where they originated. The company now manufactures and assembles some bikes and parts at its facilities in Brazil, Australia, India and Thailand.
Amy Hennig has left EA to start her own studio
Speaking with Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Amy Hennig revealed she had left the company back in January. We have so much respect for her and the creative spirit she brought to the teams and projects she worked on at EA.
Uruguay vs. Portugal preview, players to watch, key stats
Back in 2006, they defeated Netherlands 1-0 in the so-called "Battle of Nuremberg" to progress to the World Cup quarterfinals. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded).
Teams already in Round of 16 and who can join them
Victory for the lowlands country in the final group game on Thursday night could be a win for both sides, the Taoiseach said. Bednarek beat his marker at the far post in the 59th minute to volley in a swirling free-kick from Rafal Kurzawa.
La Toya mourns death of Joe Jackson
The artists he signed toured with The Jackson 5 that year, performing as the groups' opening acts during their worldwide tour. His father - Samuel Jackson - was a university professor and, according to Joe , a very strict and domineering man.