For the first time, conservatives might thank God for Kennedy

What Justice Kennedy’s Departure Could Mean for the Supreme Court

What Justice Kennedy’s Departure Could Mean for the Supreme Court

The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The ruling affirmed broad presidential discretion over who is allowed to enter the United States.

Kennedy has always been considered the swing vote on the court between the liberal and conservative justices. How about some more R29 goodness, right here? If Roe v. Wade is overturned, then it's only matter of time that a large swath of states ban the practice.

Let us not dwell on the obvious truth that they could trust Trump's judgment because he promised not to exercise it: He promised that he would choose Scalia's replacement from a list provided by people who have actually thought about such matters - principally, the conservative lawyers of the Federalist Society.

Despite the Republican majority, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says she's confident senators can be persuaded to hold off. She has also been a reliable defender of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides health care services to thousands of Alaskans.

And none of them now wants to vote on another Trump nominee to the Supreme Court.

One factor that eases the immediate political pressure on both senators: Collins is not up for re-election until 2020; Murkowski in 2022.




Some possible nominees being eyed include Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals, and Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy. Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia Sen. He did not endorse a constitutional right to marry for same-sex couples.

For Republicans' part, they need to balance actively campaigning against the trio in 2018, while courting their votes for the Supreme Court nominee. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the nominee.

The Oregon Democrat added that Justice Kennedy's retirement is "a disaster for everyone who believes in the "We the People" vision of the Constitution". Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, was at the White House Thursday night for a meeting with Trump.

"I'm praying that the next associate justice will be fully committed to life, family, religious liberty, and human dignity", Moore said. If an originalist majority settles in for a long run on the Supreme Court, everyone can send thank-you notes to Reid. In 2003, he was nominated by Bush to the appeals court, but it took a recess appointment and a two-year standoff before Republicans and Democrats finally crafted a deal that confirmed him to the position. The two men have also, at times, had warm relations with the president.

In his first week as President, Trump issued an executive order banning entry for 90 days by citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

During a press availability shortly after news of Kennedy's retirement broke on Tuesday, a reporter asked Trump if he "would consider holding that spot open until the makeup of Congress is determined come November". The Senate is a majoritarian body now on all nominations and will likely stay that way.

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