Apr 6, 2017

Trump already eyeing next SCOTUS vacancy

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The Trump administration is already strategizing for the next Supreme Court vacancy by doing its best to relax 80-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom the White House views as the likeliest justice to retire next, per Politico. Trump has two connections to Kennedy that could help his plan:

  • Connection #1: Trump's kids. Donald Trump Jr. is a pal of Kennedy's son, Gregory. Trump was overheard telling Kennedy at his speech to a joint session of Congress, "[My kids] love [your son], and they love him in New York."
  • Connection #2: An army of Kennedy's former clerks at the Supreme Court. The administration is doing its best to mine the group for any retirement chatter. The biggest weapon: Trump's current Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a former Kennedy clerk himself.

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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