Many considered Brett Kavanaugh the front-runner to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, even before Kennedy announced his retirement. Despite his credentials, Kavanaugh still met resistance within Trump world.
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Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a federal judge by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006. President George W. Bush looks on. Kavanaugh is Trump's pick to replace Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
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Brett Kavanaugh (left) speaks in 2006, when he was a nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. With him is then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
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Abortion rights supporters and opponents protest outside the Supreme Court last year. The issue of abortion will spark millions of dollars in spending on advocacy for and against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
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The Supreme Court term that just concluded was a small taste of what is to come. In all, 13 of the cases decided by a liberal-conservative split, Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the fifth and deciding conservative vote.
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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban. The court's majority ruled the ban is "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA,'" referring to the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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Joseph and Maria Caruso vote inside the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis on Oct. 5, 2016. The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that prohibited voters from wearing politically themed items inside polling places.
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Immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally are transferred to be processed at the Tucson sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Arizona in 2016.
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A man with a set of maps heads to a federal courthouse in San Antonio last year for a redistricting trial. Texas is one of three states with cases in redistricting before the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice John Roberts stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in June, following new Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch investiture ceremony, a ceremony to mark his ascension to the bench.
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