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A Supreme Court Crisis: The Momentous Retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy

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There are rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire this summer from the United States Supreme Court, where he has served since 1987, as soon at the current term ends in June.That would be a catastrophe for liberals and a triumph for conservatives, a condition that would likely last for decades.Donald Trump would certainly appoint a very conservative Justice to replace him, and all future decisions would be right-leaning in the extreme.




I’ve often blogged (see below) about how Justice Anthony Kennedy is the most important judge in the entire world because he sits on the highest court in the most important country, and on that court there are four confirmed liberals (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayer) and four confirmed conservatives (Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch).  Kennedy himself is the swing vote in almost all the cases where these two forces will disagree, sometimes siding with the liberals (gay ma…

A Criminal Controls the Detective: Why Trump Will Soon Fire Robert Mueller

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Investigators who have worked under Robert Mueller in the past say he always has the same investigative tactic: start around the edges and work towards the middle, picking off the easy prey at first, getting their cooperation by giving up others, moving slowly and steadily towards the main target, never forgetting that the money trail is hard to hide and a magnificent source of unhideable treasures when finally revealed for all the world to see.  This is exactly what Mueller has been doing for many months, and its scope is both broadening (not just Russia, but corruption in the Trump campaign, plus Trump financial dealings made off that campaign) and narrowing now as it hones in on Donald John Trump himself.  At Mueller’s side is an all-star legal team, experts in unearthing deeply buried secrets, dedicated to the truth.

When the investigation first started I didn’t think much would come of it.It seemed to me that at most it would uncover piddling stuff, with some embarrassments perh…