US Supreme Court Justice announces retirement

Despite the Republican majority, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says she's confident senators can be persuaded to hold off.

Otherwise, after Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations previous year by invoking the so-called "nuclear option" to confirm Gorsuch, Democrats would need to convince at least two Republicans to deny Trump his nomination.

November's midterm elections are expected to produce a bitter struggle for control of Congress in a deeply polarized country, especially if a court seat is still in play. It would be a switch from the past year of the Barack Obama presidency, when Republicans slowed down the process to block Obama's nominee.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Senate should not vote until after the midterms.

After Kennedy let it be known he is stepping down, National Review noted, "Kennedy's retirement, effective July 31, will set up a high-stakes political battle over his replacement's nomination". "Their voices deserve to be heard then".

Trump says in the Oval Office that he hasn't "really thought about that".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked President Barack Obama from filling the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's 2016 death. Will they have the nerve to reject a justice akin to Neil Gorsuch, who has proved to be dogmatically conservative? "So I think that we've got plenty of precedent when to have appointments to the Supreme Court and when not to". Kennedy has mainly supported abortion rights in his time on the court, and Trump has made clear he would try to choose justices who want to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The FBI is still conducting background checks, the person said.

"It's imperative that the president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks", McConnell went on.

McConnell added that he looks forward to another "outstanding selection" from Trump. While left-leaners are un-thrilled about his siding with the conservative majority in the two crucial decisions this week - and his votes on key states-rights issues over the decades - he has been the key deciding vote in many progressive causes.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement presents an opportunity for the President to appoint and the Senate to confirm a principled constitutionalist who will defend the Bill of Rights, defend the fundamental liberties of Americans, and I am hopeful that is exactly that will happen", he said.

Trump nominated Thapar to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, and before that Thapar was selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve as USA attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

As a same-sex attracted man who also strives to live according to my Catholic faith, I stood in front of the Supreme Court yesterday and declared Kennedy's majority opinion in the Obergefell case was "flat out wrong". He joined the conservative wing to strike down a core provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 but voted with the court's liberals in 2016 to back university affirmative action programmes.

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the senior Democrat on the judiciary panel's constitution subcommittee, said she expects Trump's nominee to be "intent on carrying out the right-wing ideology of the president and his most extreme supporters".

While Kennedy was a Republican appointee, he was viewed skeptically by many conservatives, who believed he hewed far too closely to the ideological center for their tastes.

Field told USA TODAY that Koch network is "comfortable" with all the names on Trump's list. "Just banning abortion. Because they know that there are now going to be five votes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade". "He is one of the most impactful Justices in modern Supreme Court history".

"This is the moment conservative women have been waiting for - the chance to return justice and constitutional limits to the nation's highest court", said Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America.

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