Trump Set to Name More Conservative Judges
U.S. President Donald Trump, who already has won confirmation of a conservative jurist to the Supreme Court, has announced plans to nominated more conservative judges to lower courts.
Aides say the people on Trump's list include five nominees for U.S. appellate courts where judges often play a significant role in interpreting U.S. laws. The nominees must be confirmed by the Senate.
The nine-member Supreme Court only hears appeals in about 70 cases annually, leaving 60,000 or more rulings each year made by appellate judges that affect the specific regions throughout the country where they preside.
Trump counts the confirmation of appellate court judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as one of the biggest victories of his early presidency. Gorsuch took his seat on the Supreme Court last month after a contentious confirmation process in which Senate Republicans uniformly supported his nomination, while most Senate Democrats opposed him on grounds that his views were too conservative and out of the mainstream of American legal thinking.
South Korea Votes for New President
South Koreans are voting for a new president, following a year of political upheaval that included massive peaceful protests and the impeachment and arrest of former President Park Geun-hye.
Polling stations opened Tuesday at 6 a.m. and a winner is expected to be announced before the end of the night.
Leading the pre-election polls by a large margin is Liberal Democratic Party of Korea candidate Moon Jae-in, with about 20 percentage points over his two main rivals. If Moon wins, it will be the first time in a decade for liberals to take power following conservative rule.
Moon, who is a human rights lawyer, has promised to reduce government corruption, increase spending to create jobs, and raise taxes on the wealthy. On the international front, Moon wants more engagement with North Korea, including reopening the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, which was closed following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test last year.
His closest rivals are conservative Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo and the People’s Party candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, who also is a liberal.