Senate Commerce will then hold a nomination hearing that’ll include Trump’s chief technology officer nominee Michael Kratsios, a longtime official in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and former aide to tech honcho Peter Thiel. The conservative Committee for Justice wrote panel leaders to endorse Kratsios as 'supremely qualified.
“He may in his heart think he’s a conservative, but he’s not going to be what conservatives want and liberals fear. … With each passing year — maybe this doesn’t happen every year, but we’ve seen enough of it, we kind of have to accept he’s roughly another Kennedy,” Levey said, referring to Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Reagan appointee who dismayed conservatives by upholding abortion rights and leading the court to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
A coalition ... is throwing its support behind the use of TV white spaces to increase access to broadband ... 'By ensuring that three usable TV channels are available for white space broadband transmission purposes in every market in the country, the commission will free spectrum from existing regulatory limitations and make it available for highly beneficial and efficient broadband internet use,' the groups told the FCC.
“With each passing disappointment, people want to make sure this is not just someone who looks conservative, but is virtually guaranteed to be conservative on the bench,” said one veteran of past GOP Supreme Court confirmation fights, Curt Levey of Freedomworks and the Committee for Justice.
The desire for a justice who is all but a sure conservative vote also seems to have limited Trump’s list to sitting judges, all with a substantial record of written decisions.
Those close to Trump’s search process say that the list now under more serious consideration is closer to a half-dozen, including Pryor and Sykes, as well as 3rd Circuit Judge Thomas Hardiman, 6th Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge, 8th Circuit Judges Steve Colloton and Raymond Gruende...