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New Supreme Court Shortlist Names Likely Nominees if GOP Takes White House

As GOP presidential contenders clamor for primary votes, one publication is looking ahead and considering the likely Supreme Court nominees if the party wins the general election.

The Huffington Post asked conservative legal experts for likely nominees, and found that five names were most often mentioned. Here are three of them:

• Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a former clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Kavanaugh has a “consistently conservative record,” the story says. He was recently in the news for a dissent that argued it was too soon to decide whether President Obama’s health care law is constitutional.

• Judge Diane Sykes of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Chicago. According to the story, the Marquette law grad has “carved out a prominent place for herself on a court known for its intellectual firepower and distinctive personalities.”

• Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The story calls Sutton “one of the young leading lights of the conservative legal movement.” His chances of a nomination declined, however, when he upheld the constitutionality of the health care law, some observers believe.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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