Trump's next Supreme Court justice appointment will cement legacy: Sean Spicer

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has often cast the tie-breaking vote between the top United States court's liberal and conservative judges, on Wednesday announced his intention to retire.

"OMG!", Trump Jr.'s tweet read.

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his departure on Wednesday. So maybe Trump Jr. has just been listening to a lot of Travis Scott lately, or maybe he's learning the language of the youths from Barron.

At the very least, we must thank the heavens that Trump Jr. didn't throw an "AF" in there.

Kennedy's retirement gives the Trump administration an opening to swing the balance of the court for decades.

Ramping up for midterm elections, President Trump embraced yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court travel ban ruling as a political victory as much as a legal one - as Democrats, activists and even five of the court's justices decried statements Trump made about the ban as anti-religious.

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His retirement could put some of his signature rulings in jeopardy such as the 1973 court ruling in Roe v. Wade, writes Scott Lemieux. He has sided with the liberal justices on gay rights and abortion rights, as well as some cases involving race, the death penalty and the rights of people detained without charges at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.

Kennedy, 81, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and sworn in in 1988.

Under the ban, nationals from five majority Muslim countries, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, can not travel to the United States.

"You are seeing these justices not just on the Supreme Court, the circuit court and other federal court appointees that are not just conservative but they are also younger and I think that's important", Spicer said.

Few obstacles seem to stand in the way of confirming Kennedy's replacement before the court reconvenes in October.

Democrats are still smarting from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision in 2016 to postpone action on replacing Antonin Scalia, refusing to call a confirmation hearing on President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland until after the presidential election that year. "You saw this with Neil Gorsuch".

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