Donald Trump hails 'great victory' over travel ban ruling


Two names on President Trump's most recently released SCOTUS short list are Charles Canady, a Florida Supreme Court justice, and Federico Moreno, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. When the court hears a case that touches on the most contentious issues of American life, a conservative majority will be all but assured.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement after holding his position for more than 30 years. He has sided with the liberal justices on gay rights and abortion rights, as well as some cases involving race, the death penalty and the rights of people detained without charges at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.

Those challenging the ban said it should be overturned on freedom of religion grounds, because of Trump's campaign statements calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the country.

Kennedy concurred with the majority, allowing the ban to stand and finding no evidence of anti-Muslim animus in the official presidential Proclamation that bars entry to residents of six predominantly-Muslim nations and some Venezuelans.

He joined his fellow conservatives in the 2000 ruling that effectively gave the US presidency to Republican George W. Bush, rather than Democrat Al Gore, by preventing any more vote recounts in Florida.

Nepal celebrates Yoga Day with enthusiasm
However, the main celebrations took place at the Zaabeel Park as hundreds of yoga enthusiasts gathered at the main grounds at 7pm. This resurgence of interest in yoga has made it one of the world's most famous fitness regimes, whether followed hot or cold.

The decision - which follows a court hearing in April - is the culmination of a battle that began just days after Trump took office in January 2017.

Joe Biden (D-Del.) gave a speech calling for Congress to delay any prospective Supreme Court pick until after then-President George Bush's ultimately unsuccessful reelection bid. Trump commended Justice Kennedy's "tremendous vision" during his years on the bench.

In a strident dissent that she read from in court, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said there were "stark parallels" with the court's now discredited 1944 decision that upheld United States internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

Kennedy was a supporter of Roe v. Wade - the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion throughout the United States - and voted several times to uphold the precedent during his career on the high court.

Kennedy visited the White House in-person before his retirement went public. The White House last November issued an expanded list that includes other prominent conservatives, including Judge Brett Kavanagh, a former Kennedy law clerk who serves on the US appeals court in Washington. During arguments, Kennedy leaned forward in his black leather chair, looking earnest and wearing wire-rimmed glasses, often asking probing questions of the lawyers. The Senate rejected Reagan's first nominee, outspoken conservative Robert Bork, in a fierce partisan fight and second choice Douglas Ginsburg withdrew after admitting to past marijuana use.