Jul 4, 2018

Go deeper: Conservatives voice concerns over top SCOTUS contender

Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images

One of President Trump's top Supreme Court contenders, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has reportedly triggered strong reservations among social conservatives who are infuriated over some of his past rulings and close ties to establishment Republicans.

The details: As President Trump narrows down his list of candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, critics are pointing to Kavanaugh's connections to the George W. Bush White House — Trump hates all things Bush — and his record on health care and abortion as being red flags, reports the Washington Post's Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey.

What they're saying: Trump advisers have reportedly acknowledged the simmering tensions, and two sources familiar with the matter told the Post that Trump has sought advice from aides, as well as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), about the concerns with Kavanaugh, particularly his record on health care. The president has also "pored" over news articles highlighting Kavanaugh's time in the Bush administration, but nothing he found was damaging enough to jeopardize the judge in Trump's eyes.

  • “You hear the rumbling because if you’ve been part of the establishment for a long time, you’re suspect. Kavanaugh carries that baggage," veteran conservative organizer Richard Viguerie, told Costa and Dawsey.
  • Meanwhile, some Trump supporters, like conservative commentator, Ann Coulter tweeted Tuesday: "Kavanaugh is clearly the best choice. But [Amy Coney] Barrett would be the most fun."

The backdrop: The bickering comes as hard-lines conservative are seeking a nominee that would solidify a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and hope that the next justice will be the defining vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

Demonstrators gather at Lafayette Park across from the White House to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.