Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. and Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit are President Donald Trump's leading Supreme Court picks, according to traders on an internet betting site.
Writing for the Minnesota Law Review in 2012, in an article titled "Separation of Powers During the Forty-Fourth Presidency and Beyond", Kavanaugh said his experience working for the Bush White House made him realize being president is "far more hard than any other civilian position in government".
"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".
"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.
Again, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court later agreed, ruling in 2015 on a 5-4 vote that the Obama administration should have considered compliance costs.
Jones' position could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation as the Republicans hold only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.
The 52-year-old Hardiman was nominated to the federal trial court by George W. Bush in 2003 and to the 3rd Circuit in 2007 and was confirmed by the Senate in a 95-0 vote. He has an egregious record of undermining a woman's right to make her own health care decisions - from stopping a woman from accessing an abortion to allowing a woman's boss to deny her birth control coverage.
Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. And I believe this person will do a great job, ' the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One to head back to Washington from New Jersey, where he had spent the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster.
"And yet you have this political dilemma that stares, I think, you and Chuck Schumer really in the face as the two leaders, which is this: staying united to stop the Supreme Court pick could cost you red state senators", he said.
Trump is scheduled to announce his decision at 9 p.m. Monday, and it is unclear how much of the last-minute maneuvering is geared to keeping the president's choice a secret.
But while most Democrats have announced their opposition to Trump's nominee, there are a handful of moderate Democrats who could buck their party and deliver another win for Trump.
Among Kavanaugh's fiercest opponents is California Senator Kamala Harris, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee and who pledged to oppose his nomination, saying, "Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of the words 'Equal Justice Under Law, ' is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court".
It took three years before the Senate voted to confirm him for that role, however.
Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Still, McConnell's victory may not be Trump's.
Kavanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court has found that handguns - "the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic" - are constitutionally protected. "But my first look is that he certainly has the qualifications, but I know that there will be further process", Murkowski said.
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an terrible lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.
Trump's post came on the eve of his second lifetime appointment to the nine-member Supreme Court, one of the more powerful perks of office.
Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids.
Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection.