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>> President Trump rocked by a weekend of outrage over his immigration order, shifting focus to the Supreme Court, saying he's going to unveil his candidate on Tuesday night to fill a seat that's been vacant for nearly a year. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump hopes to shift the focus away from immigration chaos at airports, drawing on his showbiz instincts, ready to unveil his Supreme Court nominee during prime time on Tuesday night, two days earlier than expected.
Insiders say he's working from a shortlist of three appeals court judges. Neil Gorsuch, who has ruled that companies can refuse to pay for birth control on religious grounds, Thomas Hardiman, who has ruled against firearms restrictions, and William Prior, an outspoken critic of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Any one of these candidates likely to draw broad support from Senate Republicans who are eager to lock in a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. The nominee would fill the shoes of right-wing hero, Antonin Scalia, who died last February. But they are going to need some cooperation from Senate Democrats, because they are short of the super majority they will need to take action.
Senate Democrats already livid over Trump's immigration order which bans entry for people from seven Muslim majority countries, and they've got a new leader in New York's Chuck Schumer.>> This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American.>> His Democrats looking for payback after Republicans refused to consider former President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, last year.
They've got the power to tie the Senate in knots. The question is, how far are they willing to go? This could be a defining moment for the opposition party as it struggles to find its footing in the era of Trump.