What Justice Kennedy’s retirement means to Supreme Court conservatives like Clarence Thomas.

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Means More Power to Conservatives Like Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Means More Power to Conservatives Like Justice Clarence Thomas

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 27 2018 9:24 PM

The Self-Sufficiency Court

With Justice Kennedy on his way out, conservatives like Clarence Thomas are free to burn society’s safety nets.

Justices Roberts, Kennedy, and Thomas at Trump's inauguration
Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas at Donald Trump’s inauguration, at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington.

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In the Spiel, Justice Kennedy’s upcoming retirement is the perfect occasion to talk about … Justice Clarence Thomas.

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