Breaking! Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he is retiring, giving President Trump a critical opportunity to move the Supreme Court more solidly to the right in what promises to be an epic confirmation fight. The 81-year-old senior associate justice informed the White House in a letter of his intention to step down from the high court after 30 years, effective July 31. Rumors of another vacancy have reverberated across Washington in recent months, and it comes a year after Kennedy's former law clerk Justice Neil Gorsuch, took over the seat occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. A Supreme Court vacancy will likely become a key issue in a midterm congressional election year, when control of the Senate is at stake. Guy & Marie talk to Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President (on leave) of the Federalist Society & Outside Advisor to the President for Judicial Nominations.
Fail! After two delays, the GOP compromise bill has failed in the house amid ongoing speculation on Capitol Hill that the measure would not pass. The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, negotiated by both moderates and conservatives amid pressure for Congress to finally provide a legislative fix to the country's immigration problems, failed by a large margin of 121 "yes" votes to 301 "no" votes on Wednesday. The measure aimed to create a new merit-based visa program, appropriate $25 billion for border security, and sought to end family separation at the border by allowing children to remain in DHS custody for longer than 20 days and mandating that their parents be held in DHS custody rather than DOJ custody if they are being prosecuted for border crossing. It also allocated money for family detention centers. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) weighs in.
Plus: Shock! Longtime lawmaker and the head of the Queens Democratic machine, Rep. Joe Crowley, lost his bid for re-election in a stunning upset to 28-year-old political newcomer and liberal activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Guy & Marie discuss.
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