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Scalia’s death opens political tumult


Republicans, who control the Senate, say Obama should put off naming a replacement for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over the weekend, and leave it to the next president to decide. Yet within hours of receiving news of Scalia’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Obama shouldn’t bother nominating a successor.Far from the promises to obstruct President Obama behind closed doors that stained the nation’s first African-American president’s inauguration day, Republicans are now openly pledging to drag out their obstruction to his last day in office. Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, agreed, leaving almost every vulnerable Republican incumbent backing Mr. McConnell’s pledge. “The Senate is not moving forward until after the election”, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said. Rather than have the President, you know, do his job, they’re talking about filibustering so that an appointment can’t go through, in the hopes of electing a Republican President who can appoint someone In Their Image. Republicans, in fact, hold a majority in the Senate, so the only thing they have to fear is that some of their own might actually vote in favor of a qualified Supreme Court nominee.Scalia’s death leaves the court evenly divided between liberal and conservative justices.

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