Justice Anthony Kennedy Retiring; Donald Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick

Trees cast shadows outside the US Supreme Court in Washington

Trees cast shadows outside the US Supreme Court in Washington

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has said he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest U.S. judicial body, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court bench handed over President Trump one of his biggest victories since taking charge of the White House in January a year ago, by upholding his executive order that sought ban on travelling from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. While he voted with the bench's conservatives on campaign finance and, earlier this week, to uphold Trump's travel ban, Kennedy also sided with the Court's liberal justices on issues such as abortion rights, climate change and authoring the majority opinion to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015. Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he's retiring from the Supreme Court.

Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Sen.

Later on his own show, Matthews advocated that the Democrats stall any nomination the president might make, just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did to former President Obama's court nominations.

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A US-based Muslim group on Wednesday criticized the Supreme Court's (SC) decision to uphold a travel ban on Muslims to enter the United States by President Trump, saying it was launching a new campaign to garner support for a proposed resolution which recognizes American Muslims' contribution to the nation. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the nominee.

"Kennedy is often the pivotal vote on a nine-member court that already is fundamentally hostile to the abortion rights guaranteed in the landmark case". I say "arguably" because Kennedy probably won't be the last justice to retire under Trump; liberals Ginsburg and Breyer are retirement risks, as is conservative Clarence Thomas.

Now, the president gets to nominate Mr Kennedy's replacement. Should Republicans proceed with confirmation hearings before the November election?

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