Justice Stevens to Retire After 34 Years

 The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court and the leader of its liberal wing, informed President Obama on Friday that he will retire at the end of the current term, setting the stage for an election-year confirmation fight that is likely to dominate the summer in an already divided capital.

The announcement was not a surprise. Justice Stevens, who will turn 90 this month, had been signaling his intentions in interviews and in private conversations over the past several weeks. He broke the news to the White House in a one-paragraph letteraddressed to “my dear Mr. President.”

Hours later, Mr. Obama, having just returned from a trip to Prague, appeared in the Rose Garden to say he would “move quickly” to name a successor; an announcement is expected within weeks.

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