Supreme Court Definitively Upholds Trump's Muslim Ban

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Supreme Court Definitively Upholds Trump's Muslim Ban

That practice was "objectively unlawful and outside the scope of Presidential authority, ' the justices wrote, but Trump's policy was 'neutral" on its face - a decision 'denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission'.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

Beyond the votes in individual cases, the makeup of the court in part determines the kind of cases people push to get in front of the justices.

Reuters Graphics looked at how Kennedy and other judges ruled on major cases in the 2017-2018 term. The current and slightly balanced Supreme Court is already making a series of more conservative rulings.

Kennedy has been the only conservative justice willing to endorse any limits on severe punishments under the Eighth Amendment.

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Tuesday's court decision means the ban will remain in effect.

That list included two judges with Michigan connections: Judge Raymond Kethledge, on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and then-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who a year ago was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join Kethledge on the Sixth Circuit.

In a 5-4 decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v Becerra, the court blocked a California law that had sought to ensure that women seeking help from religiously affiliated "crisis pregnancy centers" would be advised that abortion was a legal option.

John Robbins, head of the MA chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that allowing the travel ban to stand impacts the state's education and health care sectors since many professors, doctors and researchers hail from the affected countries.

Here, the Senate and the 2020 presidential campaign collide.

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Warren is embracing what she calls the "Mitch McConnell Rule" without explaining her change in thought, after the announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that he was retiring. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) all voted to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch, and could break with their party again, in order to save their own re-election.

But Trump's selections for the court have been largely influenced by the staunchly conservative Heritage Foundation, meaning their positions on key issues like Roe will be thoroughly vetted to meet conservative priorities. But there's no actual evidence that Collins or Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) would buck their party on such a consequential vote. and a smart nominee will avoid commenting on how they'd rule on hypothetical cases, as Justice Neil M. Gorsuch did in his confirmation hearings past year.

"This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country", Trump said. He said the seat should be left open for the next president to fill.

Donald Trump Jr. has taken the "how do you do, fellow kids?" ethos a little too far.

"It truly saddens me that this court doesn't check this president's worst impulses", said Karol Brown, a Bellevue-based immigration attorney.

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