The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn't unexpected, but it has galvanized partisans who disagree on when the Senate should act on his replacement. "This could prove to be the most significant thing the Republican Senate does", Cruz said.
Kennedy, 81, was nominated in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and served 30 years on the Supreme Court, where he was known as a centrist influence. Mike Lee, a close ally and, like himself, a former Supreme Court law clerk.
"I believe if Justice Scalia had not passed away when he did that there's a very good possibility Hillary Clinton would be President of the United States right now", Cruz said.
Colombia wins, Senegal out on yellow cards
Colombia started the second half a little brighter but with the loss of James, creativity was still at a minimum. But Pekerman says there are no straightforward games once the tournament reaches the knockout phase.
A confirmation hearing usually happens about two months after a nomination is announced. "Most of us don't want to be governed by five unelected lawyers in Washington".
Cornyn also noted that in 2010, another midterm year, Democrats controlled the Senate and were perfectly happy to confirm an Obama nominee, Elena Kagan, to the high court.
Ramping up for midterm elections, President Trump embraced yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court travel ban ruling as a political victory as much as a legal one - as Democrats, activists and even five of the court's justices decried statements Trump made about the ban as anti-religious.
South Koreans celebrate after historic World Cup victory
South Korea's superstar Son Heung-min found the ball in Germany's half and slotted it into their unattended net. Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in the group's other match meant the pair advanced on six points apiece.
There are only nine justices, who only get replaced if they retire or die, so who sits on it really matters. "If there is a Supreme Court vacancy, it takes priority".
Reuters Graphics looked at how Kennedy and other judges ruled on major cases in the 2017-2018 term.
"We will be looking at the qualifications, the personal background of any nominee", Blumenthal said.
Rutte calls for European leaders to end war of words on migration
All EU leaders agree they must further curb immigration by working with third countries, though that often proves slow. Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia announced a boycott of the meeting.
"Remember this, so we have a pick to come up, we have to pick a great one", Trump said. "And the consequences for our nation couldn't be higher". But if the confirmation fight is all over by the time voters vote, will it still matter? "The seat should not be filled with someone who threatens or undermines voting rights, individual freedoms, or the balance of powers enshrined in our founding documents".