Required Reading – July 7th Supreme Court Edition

With President Trump due to announce his picks to fill the vacancy created by Justice Kennedy’s retirement on Monday, here’s what you need to know:

Fabian: Trump: Two or three finalists for Supreme Court, decision by Sunday

“The president said he would announce his decision with fanfare during a 9 p.m. event at the White House on Monday. Trump has focused his search on three federals appeals court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett, according to a source familiar with the process. Kavanaugh and Kethledge are said to be slight favorites.”

Read more at The Hill.

DiNapoli: If Nominated For The Supreme Court, Ray Kethledge Would Reinforce Neil Gorsuch

“With Kethledge, the president has the chance to nominate Gorsuch’s ideological twin, his intellectual peer, his real-life fishing buddy, and his close personal friend. In short, President Trump has the chance to nominate ‘Gorsuch 2.0,’ as prominent conservatives have referred to Kethledge in recent days.”

Read more at The Federalist.

Anonymous: Potential Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Has A Troubling Record On Religious Liberty

“Whelan first defends Kavanaugh in the case of Newdow v. Roberts, wherein the infamous atheist and serial litigator (Newdow) and others challenged the language of ‘so help me God’ in the presidential oath as well as prayers at the presidential inauguration as violations of the Establishment Clause. […]  Kavanaugh’s opinion stands for the proposition (although he doesn’t use these words) that under the Establishment and Speech Clauses, the psychological harm of being offended is a sufficient injury to trigger the jurisdiction of a federal court to hear one’s lawsuit.”

Read more at The Federalist.

Poll: Majority of Americans Think Senate Should Confirm SCOTUS Nominee Before Nov. Elections

“The majority of respondents, 62%,  said, ‘before the November elections,’ while 33% said ‘after the November elections,’ and 4% had ‘no answer.'”

Read more at CNS News.

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