The Supreme Court Gets Trumpier

Supreme Court upholds President Trump's Muslim travel ban

Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, Republican Sen.

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

The Supreme Court is an institution that shapes America.

So if a new justice is in fact confirmed in September or October, will the saga actually affect voting in November? "Most of us don't want to be governed by five unelected lawyers in Washington".

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.

His retirement, which takes effect on 31 July, gives Mr Trump a second Supreme Court appointment in his 17 months in office after he selected Neil Gorsuch past year, who has already become one of the most conservative justices.

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He was often referred to as the "swing vote" between the four more liberal and four more reliably conservative justices now presiding over the court.

Pragmatically, with the Republicans in control of the Senate, the chances are very slim. The Republican Party refused to allow the Senate to consider president Barack Obama's nominee for the previous vacancy, moderate Merrick Garland.

The other two older justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, and Stephen Breyer, 79, are Democratic appointees who would not appear to be going anywhere during a Trump administration if they can help it. That simple-majority rule remains in place for subsequent nominees.

The thing lawmakers from both sides agreed on Wednesday is that the stakes are incredibly high. "And the consequences for our nation couldn't be higher".

"This will be one of the great constitutional fights of the country's history", Waldman said.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, said Kennedy's role as the deciding votes in big cases means this confirmation fight will be more consequential than any in decades. "No nominee should be rammed through without due consideration and debate".

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