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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include:  • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea  • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections  • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life  • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations  • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies  • Legalization of marijuana in Canada  • Resignation of Australian prime minister  • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.

Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement from Supreme Court; Kavanaugh Nominated : June 27, and September 26 and 27, 2018
Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement from Supreme Court; Kavanaugh Nominated
Melissa Feinberg

In a letter to President Donald Trump, dated June 27, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his intent to retire from the Supreme Court by the end of July. This announcement marked the end of the thirty-year career of a conservative jurist originally nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Kennedy had earned a reputation as an occasionally unpredictable swing vote who, while voting most frequently with the conservatives, was also the pivotal vote for many key liberal decisions. His announcement gave President Trump a second Supreme Court seat to fill and the opportunity ...

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