What’s the Deal With Kavanaugh?

From The New York Times Tuesday Briefing, July 10, 2018

Meet Trump’s Supreme Court pick

• Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge for the District of Columbia Circuit and a Washington insider, was nominated by President Trump on Monday to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. (Watch the announcement and read a transcript here.)

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, was an aide to President George W. Bush and a onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton. If confirmed, he could cement the court’s rightward tilt for a generation. We looked at where he might fit on the ideological spectrum.

• Our Supreme Court reporter’s take: “He has written countless decisions applauded by conservatives on topics including the Second Amendment, religious freedom and campaign finance. But they have particularly welcomed his vigorous opinions hostile to administrative agencies, a central concern of the modern conservative legal movement.”

Conservatives’ dream is within reach

• If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, it could validate a three-decade effort by a network of activists and organizations to install a reliably conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

President Trump, who has deviated from conservative positions in many ways, has stuck closely to the options presented to him in his two Supreme Court nominations. Our chief White House correspondent puts the pick in historical context.

Conservative and liberal groups are mobilizing for a confirmation fight. Democrats are likely to lose it, given the Republican majority in the Senate and the pressure on Democratic senators facing re-election in states that Mr. Trump won.

• Speaking of the midterm elections, we looked at how the voting in November could affect the nomination process — and vice versa.

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