AND THE WINNER IS…Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh – By Todd Horwitz,


President Donald Trump on Monday night named Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a favorite of the Republican legal establishment, to fill the newest vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, tapping a conservative figure who is likely to push a divided court to the right after years of seesaw rulings.

In settling on Judge Kavanaugh, a fixture of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Mr. Trump heeded the calls of his chief advisers, who emphasized the 53-year-old judge’s lengthy track record of conservative jurisprudence that they believe could be defended in a heated confirmation fight.
The prime-time announcement also required Mr. Trump to set aside misgivings about Judge Kavanaugh’s ties to the George W. Bush administration that he has frequently disavowed, and his impulses to make a flashier or more politically compelling choice, according to people familiar with the process.

Kavanaugh, who is Catholic and formerly served as a law clerk for Kennedy, has long said he would broadly respect legal precedent, including Roe v. Wade. In his time in the Bush White House and his twelve-year stint on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh has variously alarmed both pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Democracy for America called Kavanaugh’s pick a “generational assault on justice, freedom, and our country’s core democratic values.”
And top Senate Democrats, who have long said they would not seriously consider any of the candidates Trump was considering, also vowed to fight Kavanaugh, citing what they called an anti-abortion record.
“This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., reacted. “We cannot let that happen. If we can successfully block this nomination, it could lead to a more independent, moderate selection that both parties could support.”

Keep those stops tight
Todd “Bubba” Horwitz


Financial Markets & Political Commentary



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Todd Horwitz - Author of “Average Joe Options“. Todd began his trading career in 1980 at the CBOE. He was one of the original traders in the OEX & helped start the SPX. He is a member the CME where he trades S&P futures as well as foreign currencies & is a regular contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN, Fox & many other major news networks.