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The oldest justice on the US Supreme Court says it is time to step down.
89 year old John Paul Stevens -- his resignation letter today the 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 mess 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 -- how the 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 bourses -- -- 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 -- 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 General 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 Stephens was 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 in Roe vs.
He considered himself a strict constructionist but most analysts saw him drifting steadily left -- Susan Estrich -- for him early on.
Years later I used to joke would be would hear -- worked for even -- -- but a court.
The liberal justice.
And when I would tell them 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 else aides say this very team produce the desired outcome for justice Sotomayor.
We have just learned we're told by White House -- that President Obama himself will not be conducting any face to face interviews of prospective nominees in the month of April.
Chris James Rosen at the White House.
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