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Week in politics: Previewing the Gorsuch confirmation vote




Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be an associate justice of the US Supreme Court.
Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be an associate justice of the US Supreme Court.
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The fate of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

He's expected to move on to full Senate consideration after winning a party-line committee vote. Chances of a Democratic filibuster are good, as Dems say the judge isn't in the mainstream. The real battle will occur on the Senate floor, as it looks like Democrats will have enough opposition to filibuster. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell then needs to decide whether to change the rules and allow simple majority vote on this and future Supreme Court nominees.

Also this week, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visits the White House this week as President Trump tries to thaw relations between Washington and Cairo after his predecessor largely froze Egypt out because of its human rights record, halting aid and never inviting el-Sisi to the White House. 

The president will welcome another leader to the U.S. later this week as he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday in Florida for a discussion that Trump has said will be “very difficult.” Among other issues, the two are expected to discuss the future North Korea’s nuclear program. President Trump has said he’s prepared to deal with the reclusive and erratic nation, with or without China’s help.

Guests:

Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and co-author of "Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?" (Lynne Rienner Pub, 2007)      

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco

Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University; he specializes in constitutional and property law

Emily Bazelon, staff writer for New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School; she authored the article, “The Government Gorsuch Wants to Undo