Speed Reads


Trump interviews more potential Supreme Court picks

President Trump continued his push to quickly interview potential Supreme Court picks, meeting with three more on Tuesday after talking to four on Monday.

"These are very talented people, brilliant people," Trump said Tuesday during an appearance in West Virginia. "We're going to give you a great one." Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) already has expressed reservations about one top contender, federal appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh, reportedly over his past decisions on health care. Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority, so any defections could threaten the confirmation of Trump's nominee.

Trump's replacement of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a longtime moderate conservative swing vote, could influence decisions on contentious issues, including abortion and gay marriage, for a generation.