What we’re reading: The White House’s subtle push for Kennedy’s retirement

President Trump, Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy shakes hands with then Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

President Donald Trump was quick to praise Justice Anthony Kennedy for his service while simultaneously bashing other members of the Supreme Court, the N.Y. Times' Adam Liptak and Maggie Haberman write in "Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening."

The big picture: Despite Trump's niceties, people in the White House said “time was of the essence,” to replace Kennedy, Liptak and Haberman write. The president recognized that he needed to fill his vacancy before November, because if the Democrats gain control of the Senate in November, Trump's choice for Kennedy’s successor may not get through.