President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he nominated United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo talked with a panel of experts on his show to get their first reactions to President Trump’s pick.
CNN’s legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said that it was all political and the majority of the picks were “swampy selections.”
“The biggest myths in Washington, D.C. is that judges are not political. Obviously they’re very political both in bad ways and in good ways,” Toobin said. “He’s smart. He knows what he’s doing. In fact, he was the one who recommended to president George W. Bush, at least according to Bush in ‘Decision Points’, his autobiography, that Roberts be the pick.”
Toobin continued: “Bush was trying to decide between a number of conservative judges, and he said, which one will be the one who will be a leader because, remember, it was for the chief justice seat.”
“It was Kavanaugh, who recommended John Roberts. And I think that John Roberts is somebody that he has followed his career and modeled himself after. We should also point out that I think Neil Gorsuch was two years ahead of him at Georgetown prep. So these are swampy selections,” he concluded.
CNN’s Jake Tapper chimed in and said that some senator would refuse him. “I think you’re going to see a lot of statements from senators saying I’m going to take this person seriously. One key statement, we’ve seen from Chuck Schumer, said he’s going to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything he has,” Tapper said.
Trump’s decision to block coronavirus aid to hard-hit states will cost 4 million jobs: analysis
Negotiations over the next phase of coronavirus relief have stalled as Trump attempts to circumvent Congress with unworkable and legally dubious executive orders that fall far short of the aid that would be included in any Congressional proposal. Though House Democrats already approved a $3 trillion relief bill including an extension on federal unemployment benefits and $1 trillion in aid to states and cities whose tax revenues evaporated amid coronavirus lockdowns, Trump and Senate Republicans have balked at both provisions.
GOP’s use of Kanye West to help Trump has been a spectacular flop: CNN host
On CNN Saturday, Michael Smerconish examined rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign — and how the GOP efforts to boost it to siphon voters from former Vice President Joe Biden don't appear to be working.
"Is Kanye West serious about running for president or is it all part of a dark twisted fantasy?" said Smerconish. "NPR has documented how several operatives, some with Trump ties, are actively helping the superstar get on general election ballots in various states. Kanye West officially on the ballot in Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and has filed recently in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Jared Kushner met privately with West in Colorado, where the two par took in a friendly conversation ... the RNC and Trump has denied involvement in West's campaign. but the president isn't exactly discouraging the competition."
Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return
Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.
Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.
That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.