Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Retire
The 81-year-old’s planned departure on July 31 could allow President Donald Trump to significantly alter the court’s direction. On the bench since 1988, Kennedy often provided the decisive swing vote in narrowly divided cases, thanks in part to his moderately conservative slant. If Trump selects a more conservative justice to replace Kennedy, it would swing the court to the right. While Democrats lack the voting power to block the president’s choice, experts nevertheless predict an intense political battle over the future appointment.