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Open Thread: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

BREAKING: President Obama intends to nominate successor for Scalia on Supreme Court: @CNN — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 14, 2016 And here is a CRS report to answer all of your Supreme Court vacancy, nomination questions https://t.co/TEVUjwNcU0 — Paul Blumenthal (@PaulBlu) February 13, 2016 Last time we had this situation: Marshall retiring with a […]

What Scalia Meant

And what he could have meant had Reagan nominated Bork first and Scalia second and therefore probably gotten them both: …had Scalia’s dissents ultimately shaped America, women would not have reproductive rights, the federal government could not effectively regulate health care, LGBT people would not have the right engage in sexual intercourse without fear of […]

Fact checking the ninth GOP debate

CBS News aired the ninth GOP presidential debate on Feb. 13,  a prime-time event starring the six remaining aspirants for the Republican nomination. Not every candidate uttered statements that are easily fact checked, but the following is a list of 12 suspicious or interesting claims. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios when we do a roundup of facts in debates. […]

No, Obama Is Not a “Lame Duck” President. He Can and Should Appoint a Supreme Court Justice.

The Republican presidential candidates have all been offering up various reationalizations for why President Obama should refrain from nominating a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, or why the Senate should at least reject his pick. Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders Says Obama Should Be Allowed to Nominate Supreme Court Justice

At a Democratic fund-raising dinner, Senator Bernie Sanders said that "some of my Republican colleagues in the Senate have a very interesting view of our Constitution" regarding Supreme Court appointments.

Obama to Nominate Scalia Replacement Over Republicans’ Objections

2 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

With Democrats and the independents who caucus with them holding 46 seats in the Senate, President Obama faces a challenge in getting to the simple majority needed to confirm a nominee.

Hillary Clinton: Obama Has 'Plenty Of Time' To Nominate Scalia Successor

2 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fiercely defended President Barack Obama's constitutional right to appoint a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead Saturday morning. “Barack Obama is president of the United States until Jan. Show More Summary

Lesbian Nominated Chief Justice Of Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court

3 hours agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez, 39, has been nominated as chief justice of the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, the first openly gay chief justice anywhere in the U.S.

How Justice Scalia’s Absence Might Affect the Current High Court Term

President Barack Obama said Saturday that he would nominate a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death at 79 could realign a court that is often sharply divided, with the four justices appointed by Democratic presidents on one side and the five who were elevated to the court by Republicans on the other.

Reaction to the Republican Debate

If Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination, the Republican party as we know it is over. In tonight’s debate, Trump blamed George W. Bush for 9/11 happening on his watch and confirmed that he would have impeached him for invading [...]

GOP contenders say Obama should wait on Supreme Court nomination

During Saturday's Republican presidential debate, candidates said President Barack Obama should allow his successor to select the next Supreme Court nomination following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Continue reading ? The post GOP contenders say Obama should wait on Supreme Court nomination appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Indian-American among those Obama could nominate to replace Justice Scalia

4 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. Within a few hours, Obama said he intends to make a nomination, despite Republicans stressing they opposed any appointment being made...

WATCH: I Will Nominate Scalia Replacement, Says Obama

Obama eulogizes the conservative justice but makes clear he will nominate a successor, no matter what Republicans say.

Hillary Clinton Calls Mitch McConnell’s Stance on Supreme Court Nomination ‘Disappointing’

Hillary Clinton called Senator Mitch McConnell’s statement that the next president, not President Obama, should appoint a successor to Justice Scalia “disappointing” and “totally out of step with our history and our constitutional principle.”

Obama: I Intend To Nominate A Successor To Scalia

President Obama reminded members of the Senate that they were obligated to do their jobs while expressing his condolences to the family and friends of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz Gets His Facts Wrong On Supreme Court Nominations

5 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Sen. Ted Cruz got facts wrong in a statement opposing the prospect of President Barack Obama nominating a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday of natural causes. "We have 80 years of precedent of not...Show More Summary

Watch: Obama Rejects GOP Demands, Pledges to Appoint Scalia's Replacement

Defying demands from leading Republicans, President Barack Obama pledged Saturday evening to nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Calling Scalia a "larger than life presence...Show More Summary

This Isn't the First Election Year SCOTUS Nomination

5 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death isn’t the first time a president has faced a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year. In June 1968, just weeks after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, and days after Robert Kennedy was gunned down, Chief Justice Earl Warren submitted his resignation to President Lyndon Johnson. Show More Summary

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