What has been speculated on by many for a while now is official:
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he would retire at the end of this term, setting up a confirmation battle over his replacement that is sure to dominate the political scene this summer.
Many knew this was probably coming sooner or later since Justice Stevens had not hired on a full staff. a typical sign of a Justice that is retiring. Consider this a speculation thread on whom will be nominated - because you know that you want to - and an Open Thread. [update] President Obama is about to go live at 1:45 p.m. NOW to comment on the WV mine tragedy, and Justice Stevens’ retirement. Video below the fold.