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Good morning. Welcome to Tuesday. Here are a few headlines to start the day:

Trump announces his nominee to U.s. supreme court

The Supreme Court is seen Monday in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump announced his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday evening. [AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin]
The Supreme Court is seen Monday in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump announced his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday evening. [AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin]

President Donald Trump announced Monday that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is his choice to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh, 53, a conservative federal appeals court judge, is a former law clerk for Kennedy.

The Associated Press reported:

"With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative. Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president."

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, and Kavanaugh's family in the East Room of the White House. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]
President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, and Kavanaugh's family in the East Room of the White House. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

Although the court already has a 5-4 conservative majority, Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues such as gay rights and abortion, Reuters reported. 

Kavanaugh will now face what is expected to be a fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate. Read more here.

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President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, and his family in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, and his family in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›

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