It'll happen tonight at 9 p.m. And that's good - the court is important, Democrats haven't focused on it like Republicans have, and Trump's hype machine finally has them paying the amount of attention they should. The issue could drive one of the biggest wedges between voters in battleground states and influence the last few Republican senators to block the nominee.
More than anyone else in conservative legal circles today, Kavanaugh, 53, has been viewed as a Supreme Court justice-in-waiting. It's not yet been confirmed whether the President will play golf while there for the weekend.
MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice. He is an evangelical Christian whose book, Lead Yourself First, uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively". "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". But a couple of concerns have arisen.
A momentous week that will have an extensive impact on his presidential legacy is looming for President Donald Trump, both at home and overseas. "And even in those areas where there is true ambiguity, that should not mean 'anything goes.' Just because there are two reasonable readings of a constitutional provision or a statute does not mean that the gates are open to a completely free-form approach". Judges are not supposed to re-write the law, re-invent the Constitution, or substitute their own opinions for the will of the people expressed through their laws.
MARTIN: Amy Barrett is also someone who might have a tough time.
Their confirmation is expected to shape the Supreme Court for many years to come. Dianne Feinstein said that religious "dogma" lived loudly in her.
Though often a swing vote on social issues, Kennedy tended to side with the conservative wing in blockbuster employment cases, including two from this term: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which made it legal for employers to require workers to sign class-action waivers, and Janus v. AFSCME, which will likely decrease union membership by making the entire public sector right-to-work.
"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said. Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench. SeaWorld challenged the citations, but the appeals panel sided with OSHA, ruling that SeaWorld knew its protections for trainers like Brancheau were insufficient and that it could have prevented her death had it taken the proper steps. "The country wants the President to be "one of us" who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share".
Now, Kyl is poised to help the president deliver another conservative voice to the Supreme Court - Trump's second nomination, after Neil Gorsuch - which makes it that much stranger to hear Kyl criticize Trump.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell threw his support behind Kavanaugh's nomination.
MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure.
Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.
Democrats have already seized on the documents to make new demands, hoping to disclose controversies that could add new complications to Kavanaugh's prospects in the narrowly divided Senate.
MARTIN: What's the timeline from there?
The White House has tapped former Republican Sen. "I look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks as he goes through a fair and thorough evaluation process".
Trump is set to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday.
Spending on the forthcoming Supreme Court nominee is well underway.
Kavanaugh will begin meeting with senators on Tuesday. Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep Democrats united. Implication is not truth, so we'll have to wait to see what comes next, but where there's smoke with this administration, there has been an implication of fire.
MARTIN: All right. NPR's Sarah McCammon for us this morning.
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