The bottom line: Anthony Kennedy’s retirement preserves recent Trump wins

Anthony Kennedy swearing in Neil Gorsuch in 2017
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, leaving room for a second Trump nomination and putting vulnerable Senate Democrats on the spot during the confirmation process, expected to take place this fall.

The big picture: Conservatives have been on a recent winning streak at the court, with Kennedy a frequent tie-breaking vote. This potentially protects those rulings and moves the court further right.