The Supreme Court Gets Trumpier

Protesters gather at a rally in Washington on Oct. 17 2017. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Manuel Balce Ceneta

On Wednesday, following the revelation that his father would be able to appoint a Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump Jr. used the word "lit". Heidi Heitkamp in November's midterm elections. Mike Lee, a close ally and, like himself, a former Supreme Court law clerk.

Ms. Perry, who got to know Justice Kennedy during a year studying the Supreme Court in the 1990s, said his moderation will be particularly missed.

A US-based Muslim group on Wednesday criticized the Supreme Court's (SC) decision to uphold a travel ban on Muslims to enter the U.S. 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. Kennedy's departure will allow Trump to shift the court decisively to the right, possibly for a generation, and opens the door to a rollback of access to abortion, gay rights and protections for minorities.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews said Wednesday the fight between Republicans and Democrats over the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was going to be "the fight of the century".

His retirement could put some of his signature rulings in jeopardy such as the 1973 court ruling in Roe v. Wade, writes Scott Lemieux.

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McConnell changed rules for filibusters on Supreme Court justices a year ago to overcome Democratic opposition and confirm Trump's first appointment, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Kennedy's vote, positioned at the very centre of the court, gives him a place of special prominence among the nine justices. Still, in 2016, voters were deciding on an open Supreme Court seat and not just the prospect of further vacancies.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters that members of his party will have a voice and a vote. "And the consequences for our nation couldn't be higher".

Contrary to Matthews' fiery advice, Democrats in the minority have little power to block the nominations of the Republican president, unlike the Republicans who were in the majority when Obama was in power.

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