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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has said he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest United States judicial body, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative. As one of only two pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, Collins is likely to become a pivotal player in the looming battle to confirm Kennedy's replacement.

"It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those on the Supreme Court", Kennedy was quoted as saying in a statement announcing his decision. The search, the president said, will begin immediately, and Kennedy's replacement will be chosen from the list of 25 candidates he considered a year ago, when he ultimately chose Gorsuch.

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 retirement has provoked liberal fears that the Supreme Court might soon have a pronounced conservative leaning that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

But Senate Democrats still harbor a retributive impulse toward McConnell and the Republicans, who blocked the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick to fill the seat of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.




Reuters Graphics looked at how Kennedy and other judges ruled on major cases in the 2017-2018 term. "I'm optimistic we'll be able to get this done".

The thing lawmakers from both sides agreed on Wednesday is that the stakes are incredibly high.

"One is whether the president has an authority to say that there are countries that whose visa vetting systems we don't trust and therefore we're not going to allow people to come in, and another whether it's a good idea".

But several former law clerks said that Kennedy, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan, prefers to be replaced by a Republican. "No nominee should be rammed through without due consideration and debate".

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