O'Connor, 75, said she expects to leave before the start of the court's next term in October, or whenever the Senate confirms her successor. There was no immediate word from the White House on who might be nominated to replace O'Connor.
It's been 11 years since the last opening on the court, one of the longest uninterrupted stretches in history. O'Connor's decision gives Bush his first opportunity to appoint a justice.
The New York Times has the same story (not credited to the writer now up).
Check out Ms. Musing later today to see what Christine's take on this is. A guest on Rehm's show said something to the effect of it means 'all out political war.'
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