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Alliance For Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement in response to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement to retire earlier today:

For over three decades, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens has been a tremendous force for fairness on the Supreme Court, and his contributions to the advancement of constitutional protections are immense.

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) released the following statement in response to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement to retire earlier today:

Justice Stevens has served on the highest court with distinction for over three decades. But just because he deserves the break, doesn't mean he won't be missed. I want to thank him for his extraordinary dedication to our country and our system of justice. I hope that President Obama will nominate a successor who shares Stevens' values and commitment to the rule of law.

President Barack Obama will address Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement during his Rose Garden remarks this afternoon.

The president was already scheduled to speak at 1:20 p.m. ET about the West Virginia coal mine accident.

A White House official confirms that the president will now also address Stevens' retirement.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement in response to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement to retire earlier today:

John Paul Stevens has said that he never felt the need to break any records, but judging by his legendary vigor it seems highly likely that he could have shattered the record for longest-serving Supreme Court justice if he had wanted to.

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People For The American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement in response to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement to retire earlier today:

"Justice Stevens deserves our deepest thanks for his service to our country. In his years on the Court, he's been a guardian of the rights and liberties of ordinary Americans, and shown a commitment to the core constitutional values that are the foundation of our democracy. In scores of decisions, he's provided crucial leadership to the Court, most recently in his ringing dissent in Citizens United v. FEC, which struck down more than a century of settled law limiting corporate influence in elections.

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) issued the following statement Friday regarding Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement from the Supreme Court. Here's the full text: While Justice Stevens' retirement is not unexpected, the loss of such a great leader at a time of great change for America and the Court is worrisome. Justice Stevens' greatness is marked not only by the length of his service, but the enduring quality of his jurisprudence. His leadership will affect America for much longer than the 35 years he served on the Court. At a time when Americans are yearning for bipartisanship, we hope the President will choose a candidate who both merits consensus support and lives up to Justice Stevens' fine legacy. We hope both sides of the aisle in the Senate would quickly confirm such a nominee.

Reacting to the retirement announcement of Justice John Paul Stevens, a conservative operative who was one of the fiercest critics of Sonia Sotomayor tells TPMDC that he believes President Obama is in a weaker position now that he was fresh off the election last summer -- and that he will pick a "moderate" for the court.

Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, tells TPMDC: "We'll certainly be involved one way or another. As the loyal opposition I'm sure we'll point out what we see as the weaknesses" of any Obama nominee.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch released the following statement in response to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement to retire earlier today:

Justice Stevens' has had a profound impact on the judiciary and the law. He is a remarkably dedicated public servant and a profoundly decent human being. All Americans should thank him for his dedicated service and we all wish him a happy and healthy retirement.

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