McConnell and Republicans all smiles with a Supreme Court vacancy to fill

J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press FILE- In this Oct. 10 2017 file

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday.

The court's reversal is viewed as a victory for the Trump administration.

With the supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy retiring, Donald Trump and the Republican party have been gifted a second supreme court pick, which is expected to shift the ideology of the nation's high court to the right.

He was the most centrist of the five conservatives now on the court and was willing to join the liberal justices in major cases, although he delivered strongly conservative opinions in others. Senator Mitch McConnell has reportedly already stated that the party will move to replace Kennedy by next fall.

They also look at the political ramifications of Kennedy's retirement and how lawmakers are responding to the news.

The ruling affirms one of Trump's signature policies, which he instituted via Executive Order a few days after taking office, and was received inside the White House as a substantial political and legal triumph after 17 months of court battles.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the government "has set forth a sufficient national security justification" to prevail.

European Union metals tariffs retaliation to start June 22
Mexico retaliated against the move two weeks ago while Canada said it would place tariffs on U-S exports from July the first. The White House last week announced plans to slap 25 percent tariffs on 1,100 Chinese goods, worth $50 billion in imports.

With just days to go before America's independence day on 4 July, the Supreme Court decision could not have come at a better time for Trump who's on campaign mode again. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he also served as a law clerk to Kennedy on the Supreme Court and served as counsel to former U.S. Sen. He was confirmed on a 50-47 vote. "The third travel ban, affirmed by the Supreme Court today, is narrower than the travel ban Washington defeated previous year".

The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

Mr Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority, but Democrats can't delay confirmation. "At a minimum, we have to make sure that we vet people coming into the country".

Prominent on the list of possible successors are Judges Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and William Pryor of Alabama, who were seriously considered for the seat eventually filled by Gorsuch, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Conservative activists have long dreamed of building a firmly conservative majority on the court that would push to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in the case Roe v. Wade that legalised abortion nationwide.

The U.S. Senate, which must confirm nominees before they can join the court, is controlled 51-49 by Trump's fellow Republicans, meaning that if they remain unified they can overcome any Democratic opposition like that mounted against Gorsuch.

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