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The two most divisive events in US politics are about to take place at the same time

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The two most divisive events in US politics are about to take place at the same time

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Bench chair and the Bench directly in front of it have been draped with black wool crepe in memoriam. This was excerpted from the September 21 edition of CNN’s Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Click here to read past editions and subscribe.

(CNN)With the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday , Donald Trump has an opportunity to shape American life for decades to come.

The US President now plans to make a third pick for the nine-person bench on the highest court in the land. He will almost certainly enshrine an unassailable 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, which means that political change launched by any future Democratic presidents and Congress could be undone by the Court’s constitutional interpretations — no matter what the majority of the nation wants.

Appointed for a lifetime, justices can change over the years, sometimes in a way that surprises and annoys the presidents who nominated them. They are also supposed to respect precedent, so it’s impossible to say how the high court will behave on all issues.

But there is now a very real prospect that a woman’s right to […]

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