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Justice Kennedy Retires, Giving Trump Opportunity To Further Reshape Supreme Court

There is perhaps no greater or impactful presidential power than the ability to appoint Supreme Court justices, who have the final word on the most controversial issues in the country and get to serve for the rest of their lives, if they choose. Now, President Donald Trump has a second chance to reshape the court, after the man many felt was the lone swing vote — Justice Anthony Kennedy — officially announced his retirement, effective July 31.

What does that mean for the nation's future — for reproductive rights, gay rights, and affirmative action? Jim Braude was joined by Kent Greenfield, a constitutional law professor at Boston College, and David Zimmer, an attorney at Goodwin, who recently won a case before the Supreme Court over deportation proceedings.

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