US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement

Now it appears that precedents on all of those issues could be imperiled.

The conservative justices "have never taken Roe seriously", he said of the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion. For example, in 2008, he wrote the majority opinion in a 5-4 decision declaring unconstitutional a federal law that prevented Guantanamo detainees from having access to federal court via habeas corpus. There are now partisan gerrymandering challenges in federal courts in Wisconsin, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and MI and advocates want the high court to weigh in before the next round of redistricting in 2021, when they say new technology will make partisan gerrymandering even more severe.

The simple reality is that a conservative court is about to get much more conservative.

If Republicans unite behind Trump's selection, there's little that Democrats can do to stop it. Republicans changed the Senate rules a year ago so that Supreme Court nominees cannot be filibustered, meaning only 51 votes will be required to confirm.

Republicans now have a razor-thin, two-vote margin in the Senate, and with Sen.

Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Sen. "He's been a great justice for the Supreme Court". Among those to keep a close eye on are Sens.

On the Republican side, two moderate female senators will be the ones to watch over the next few months: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

The tiny bird that has Canadian music festival organisers in a flap
The bird is protected by the Canadian government; any attempt to move her eggs could mean that the mother abandons her babies. The eggs take 24-28 days to hatch, after which the birds can safely fly away in a few days.

France rotate heavily against Denmark, Australia leave Tim Cahill on bench
There have already been 20 penalties given at this World Cup , a tournament record before the group stage has even concluded. The result means that Denmark will need to get at least a point from their final fixture against France on Tuesday.

Flight attendants may have higher cancer rates
One of the most unusual risks is cosmic ionizing radiation ( radiation from outer space that penetrates airplanes). Some 3.4% of the women who flew for a living had breast cancer, compared with 2.3% in the general population.

Kavanaugh was a late add to Trump's list of potential nominees, but many believe the 53-year-old judge who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit might be the favorite.

During October oral argument in one partisan gerrymandering case, he expressed concern that the court's reputation would suffer if it started weighing in on partisan gerrymandering because the public would see the justices as favoring one party over the other. But both Corker and Flake tend to be less critical of the president when long-term Republican priorities like tax reform are on the table, suggesting they may be tough to win over on this issue. Gorsuch achieved the support of several red state Senate Democrats in his nomination - but that was not, from outside at least, perceived as a court redefining selection. But the longstanding nature of the court's close division obscures the sheer volume of deciding votes that Kennedy has cast on numerous issues that concern the country the most.

"Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016, not to consider a Supreme Court Justice in an election year", Senator Schumer said, referring to the blocking of President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland by the Republican Senate majority.

Since on balance Republican voters have shown more concern about SCOTUS than Democrats (as reflected in 2016 exit polls), a national obsession over the topic might goose GOP turnout disproportionately.

But the tone of the coverage makes clear that what the president called a "tremendous victory" is viewed very differently by most journalists.

Some progressives seemed to worry when Sen. Mr. Trump did not answer questions about who Kennedy recommended.

A previous version of this article misstated the circumstance of Kennedy's leaving the court.

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