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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

POTUS' choice for SCOTUS short list ready

President Trump is ready to make his Supreme Court justice choice this week after the country has gone 11 months with an empty seat after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats weren't happy with the wait, but since it was nearing the end of a socialist president's term, the GOP, under Mitch McConnell, thought it best to take the gamble and wait until after the election.

A brilliant move.

It was worth the wait as it is likely Trump will pick a conservative Constitutional originalist as Justice Scalia was, to fill the seat.

President Trump has assured us the decision is coming soon. "I'll be making my decision this week, we'll be announcing next week," he said after meeting with bipartisan Senate leaders Tuesday. "We'll pick a truly great Supreme Court justice."

It will be very, very great. So great we're going to say 'Hey Donald, your pick was too great. We're getting tired of all this greatness.'

According to sources who ask to remain anonymous in order to find out more secret stuff, the list is down to  three or four names, all of whom are federal appeals court judges.

You may recall that President Trump said at a presser last week before taking the oath of office that a decision on the pick for Supreme Court would come within two weeks after taking office.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer backed up that timeline on Monday, and said the nomination remains a "priority."

Trump already met with Judge William Pryor from the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, in Birmingham, Ala. He is a close friend of the Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

Pryor was initially given a recess appointment to the appeals court but Senate Democrats tried to block his subsequent nominations, citing his strong criticism of the Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman's right to kill her unborn baby. He called it the "worst abomination in the history of constitutional law."

As Ronald Reagan pointed out: "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."

Other possible judges on Trump's short list may be Judge Neil Gorsuch, on the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, with chambers in Denver. 

He was born in 1967 and went to Harvard Law School, clerked for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He then went into private practice before joining the Bush Justice Department. His mother is Anne Burford, the first female EPA administrator. He also wrote: "The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia."

Judge Thomas Hardiman, 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, with chamber in Pittsburgh.

He was born in 1965 and his 2010 ruling that a jail policy of strip-searching all those arrested does not violate the Fourth Amendment was affirmed by the Supreme Court. He also sits on the same court as President Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, but she is not being considered for any high court vacancy.

There are more possible considerations but we shall see what he does in the days to come.

So far, Trump has met with auto industry leaders and others, and will be meeting with the British and Canadian Prime Ministers, Theresa May and Justin Trudeau, respectively.

Just for the fun of it, I've put up a Steve Crowder video of the Women's March in Washington on Friday. It's only a bit over 8 minutes long but fun to watch.