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Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire, giving Trump a chance to shift Supreme Court sharply right

WASHINGTON - Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the Supreme Court centrist who for a generation has cast the deciding vote in the biggest cases, plans to retire, giving President Donald Trump a chance to shift the court sharply to the right.

Kennedy, 81, will leave the court effective July 31, the court said in a statement Wednesday.

Kennedy's decision to step down offers conservatives the opportunity they have long sought to lock in a reliable five-member conservative majority on the high court. And for them, it comes at an ideal time, since Republicans control the Senate and have

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