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Justice Kennedy Retiring; Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick

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Manuel Balce Ceneta
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Associated Press
Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing March 23, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says he is retiring. That will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.
 
The 81-year-old Kennedy said Wednesday he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.