Tag Archives: Anthony Kennedy

REPORT: It Was Always Going To Be Brett Kavanaugh

Politico reports: After Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Donald Trump he would relinquish his seat on the Supreme Court, the president emerged from his private meeting with the retiring jurist focused on one candidate to name as his successor: Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Kennedy’s former law clerk. Trump, according to confidants and aides close to the White House, has become increasingly ...

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How Trump Engineered Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

The New York Times reports that Trump greased the wheels of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement by stocking the lower courts with judges that had once clerked for him. Even the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court may have been part of that plan as Gorsuch himself is a former clerk for Kennedy. And then there’s this: One person ...

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Today’s New York Daily News: We Are Fucked

The Huffington Post reports: The New York Daily News needed only three words for its Thursday cover focusing on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement: “We Are F*#%’D.” The 81-year-old jurist announced Wednesday that he would be retiring at the end of July, after 30 years on the court. His departure gives President Donald Trump the opportunity to nominate a ...

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BREAKING: SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy To Retire

USA Today reports: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, giving President Trump and Senate Republicans an opportunity to create a solidly conservative court that could last for decades. Kennedy’s long-rumored decision to step down July 31 will touch off a titanic battle between conservatives and liberals in the nation’s capital, on the airwaves, and in states represented by key ...

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Brian Brown: SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy Might Be Retiring So Send Us Your “Emergency Donation” Now

Just in from hate group leader Brian Brown: The last day of the term is when a sitting Supreme Court Justice often chooses to announce his retirement. Rumors continue to swirl that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, setting in motion one of the most important, consequential battles in our lifetime. The problem is that we are not ready for it. ...

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NYT To SCOTUS Justice Kennedy: Please Don’t Retire

From the editorial board of the New York Times: Dear Justice Kennedy, As you have no doubt heard, rumors of your impending retirement are, for the second year in a row, echoing around Washington and across America. While you and your colleagues on the Supreme Court were listening to the final oral arguments of the term in recent days, those ...

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GOP Sen. Dean Heller Claims SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy Will Retire “Sometime Early This Summer”

Politico reports: Dean Heller knows he’s the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. But he thinks Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy might just help him hang on to his seat. “Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller predicted in Las Vegas last week, according to audio of an event he spoke at that was obtained by ...

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LGBT Side Worried After Oral Arguments In Masterpiece

The Associated Press reports: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is suggesting skepticism of the arguments of a Colorado baker who defended his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple by citing the First Amendment’s free speech clause. During the first half of oral argument in the case Tuesday, the justices questioned Kristen K. Waggoner, an attorney for ...

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Conway Refuses To Say If Trump Knows Whether SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Amid speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may announce his retirement, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway declined to say whether President Trump or the White House has heard from the justice about his plans. “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House,” Conway told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos ...

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Trump To Have “Highly Unusual” Dinner With SCOTUS

Law Newz reports: The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump will have dinner Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court. “That evening, the President will have dinner with the Justices of the Supreme Court, including his successfully confirmed nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch,” the announcement read. Judging by the wording, it seems like all nine are expected show up, though ...

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Retirement For SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy?

Last night Bloomberg published speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may be planning to retire at the end of the term. From the article: Kennedy, 80, has been the court’s primary pivot point since 2006, generally aligning with the four conservatives on campaign finance and voting rights and with the four liberals on gay rights. By selecting Kennedy’s successor, ...

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Justice Anthony Kennedy Compares Marriage Uproar To Flag Burning Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy yesterday compared to the right wing uproar to his Obergefell opinion to the public outcry which followed the court’s ruling that flag burning is a form of free speech.  Kennedy, who was the deciding vote in both cases, described how the reaction decades ago was critical at first but changed over time. His remarks at ...

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A Prayer From Franklin Graham

Graham is tweeting a prayer about each justice this week. One per day.

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Maggie Gallagher: Dear Justice Kennedy

“Dear Justice Kennedy: Government cannot confer dignity on our relationships. My best friends, my adult children, my godchildren, my brothers and sisters, every single intimate relationship that I have and that gives meaning to my life, government has no role there. To imagine that a government stamp of approval is what creates value in human relationships, or gives dignity to ...

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NYT: Supreme Court Seems Deeply Divided

The New York Times weighs in: The justices appeared to clash over not only what is the right answer in the case but also over how to reach it. The questioning illuminated their conflicting views on history, tradition, biology, constitutional interpretation, the democratic process and the role of the courts in prodding social change. Justice Kennedy said he was concerned ...

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NOM: We’re Encouraged About Kennedy

“I am extremely encouraged by the questioning, especially from Justice Kennedy, because it focused on what marriage is. It shows that the justices realize that marriage has existed for millennia and they have no constitutional basis to redefine it. The entire spectacle of the same-sex marriage litigation has undermined confidence in the judicial system as activist federal judges around the ...

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Early Reports As Hearings Conclude

Johnson reports for the Washington Blade.

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Christian Blogger: I Love My Gay Moms But They Don’t Deserve To Be Married

Two weeks ago Christian blogger Katy Faust earned praise across Teabagistan for her open letter to Justice Anthony Kennedy in which she declared her opposition to same-sex marriage despite loving her lesbian mother and her mom’s partner. That letter followed her January collaboration with Robert Oscar Lopez in a SCOTUS brief which was widely reported upon by multiple anti-gay sites. ...

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter To SCOTUS: Our Marriage Ban Doesn’t Discriminate Because Gays Can Marry Opposite Sex

In a reply brief to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today declared that his state’s ban on same-sex marriage does not discriminate against gay people because they remain completely free to marry any person of the opposite sex. Respondents take offense at the notion that Idaho’s man-woman marriage definition does not discriminate on its face against ...

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