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Justice on the US Supreme Court says it is time to step down 89 year old John Paul Stevens said -- resignation letter today to President Obama.
We have fox team coverage.
Senior correspondent Brian Wilson looks at the politics of putting a new justice on the court.
But we begin what James Rosen at the white house on today's announcement.
Will be sorely -- with the retirement of associate justice John Paul Stevens the longest serving of the supreme court's current members President Obama now has his second chance to shape the court's direction.
And just as when he nominated Sonia Sotomayor last may mr.
Obama vowed today to selected -- mindful of -- -- law affects the daily lives of the American people.
There will also be someone who like Justice Stevens knows that and democracy.
Powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the -- border service leading the selection process will be White House counsel Bob Bauer who -- the president aboard Air Force One on route home from Prague to inform him of Stephen's decision.
What -- sources said the new nominee will appear within weeks.
Let's face it.
This -- Justice Stevens is not was not the swing vote on most issues and I think that lessens the chance of having an ideological battle still many leading contenders could revive familiar and heated debates solicitor general Elena Kagan is a former Harvard Law School dean -- the group Americans United for -- fault for having criticized the High Court ruling restricting federal funds for family planning seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge Diane Wood has dissented against bans on partial birth abortion judge Merrick Garland of the DC Court of Appeals may be the most acceptable to conservatives.
But the performance of Homeland Security Secretary -- Holland -- particularly after the Christmas Day bombing attempt may make her controversial pick.
Good morning senator senate minority leader Mitch McConnell released a statement saying Americans can expect senate Republicans to make a sustained and vigorous case for judicial restraint and the fundamental importance of an -- reading -- belong.
Nominated by president Ford -- -- confirmed 98 to zero after a senate hearing at salt not a single question about abortion.
This was less than three years after the court handed down its opinion -- Roe vs.
He considered himself a strict constructionist but most analysts saw him drifting steadily left word Susan Estrich -- for him early on.
Years later I used to joke would be would hear -- worked for even bake sale by the -- The liberal justice.
And when I would tell -- that he would say but I haven't moved at all it's the court gets moved around to make.
Two aides to vice president Biden will play a key -- in the vetting process they are wrong claim the vice president's chief of staff and Cynthia Hogan his counsel.
What -- aides say this very team produce the desired outcome for justice Sotomayor.
-- we have just learned we're told by -- states that President Obama himself will not be conducting any face to face interviews of prospective nominees.
In the month of April.
James Rosen at the White House feel things polarized Washington like the effort just tell -- spot on the nation's highest court.
Senior correspondent Brian Wilson looks at what's in the store.
In a town where nerves are raw and exposed from an ugly and partisan battle over health care reform.
In a year when the focus will increasingly turn to doing whatever it takes to get reelected.
We have just added the one element that all but guarantees legislative gridlock.
Supreme Court confirmation battle.
All they harassed stalked out of -- town and it's focused on one issue and one issue only the examination in the exquisite detail of the nominee.
And so I don't think that the Obama administration is going to get a lot done this.
Summer while it's true this nomination is unlikely to change the balance of the High Court.
These confirmation battles have become knock down drag out affairs over the years.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is packed with the hardest of the hard core partisans from both sides of the trial.
For the Republican minority ranking member Jeff Sessions will lead a bench of rock ribbed conservatives like Orrin hatch Chuck Grassley John Kyle Tom -- Democratic chairman Patrick Leahy is a fierce take no -- liberal joined by stalwarts of the left like Dianne Feinstein Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer.
Who held a news coverage today in new York and sounded an optimistic note.
At a time when the public is yearning for bipartisanship.
The American people hope the president will choose a candidate.
Who merits consensus support I would similarly expect that the rest of the important agenda that awaits the Senate this year would not be -- bogged down.
On account of this nomination.
Of course the Democrats want to move quickly Republicans who smell the possibility of big wins in the fall might look for opportunities to drag the battle out until after the November elections.
Which leaves the president -- the decision to make about what kind of nominee he wants to choose pick a nominee would views that are well left of center he'll -- his base.
But only to brace for a fight that brings his legislative agenda to a halt.
Pick a more moderate nominee you may hack off your base but to avoid a big fight and make it possible to push through at least some of your agenda Chris.
Brian Wilson on the confirmation battle to come Brian thank you.
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