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They are Brett Kavanaugh, a former adviser to George W. Bush; Raymond Kethledge, a strict interpreter of the US Constitution; Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and social conservative; and Thomas Hardiman, a staunch gun rights advocate. NY time to name his choice.

These three Democrats have two characteristics in common: They joined Republicans in voting for Gorsuch and they are up for reelection in states that Trump won in 2016.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says a weekend move by the Trump administration to undercut the Affordable Care Act is another reason for senators to closely scrutinize the president's Supreme Court nominee.

Yet the focus on abortion fails to do justice to the sweeping changes that could be unleashed over time by a solidly conservative court. He was confirmed just 66 days after he was nominated. Given Trump's known habit of leaning on family ties and valuing loyalty above all, that could be decisive. Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer.

First, some background: Following Trump's unveiling, the nominee will make the rounds to meet privately with the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings with the choice, then vote on the nomination.

That could imperil support from Republican moderates in the Senate, especially Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

Current justices range in age from Elena Kagan, 58, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85. Some of those victories were made possible by the swing vote of Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement handed Trump a golden ideological opening.

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Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the body's No. 2 Democrat, said Sunday on NBC.

Democrats have little leverage as they try to halt the nomination - though the court's rightward lurch could stoke liberal turnout in the midterm elections in which the House of Representatives is in play.

The New York Times is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has weighed in and is trying to urge Trump to pick either Kethledge or Hardiman for ease of confirmation.

The Judicial Crisis Network will spend $1.4 million on national cable, digital ads supporting the nominee in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory biography about the jurist. Trump told reporters on Sunday that he is "very close to making a decision" and all four people on the list are "excellent".

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups.

-With assistance from Greg Stohr, Laura Litvan and Ben Brody.

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