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Senate Controls Confirmation Process for Supreme Court

Obama (L) and Scalia

The death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia adds significantly more political drama to an already fractious election season. If President Obama pushes forward a nominee, as is expected, it would be the first time in modern history that a Supreme Court confirmation fight occured in the final year of a President’s tenure in office.

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Senate Controls Confirmation Process for Supreme Court

The death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia adds significantly more political drama to an already fractious election season. If President Obama pushes forward a nominee, as is expected, it would be the first time in modern history that a Supreme Court confirmation fight occured in the final year of a President’s tenure in office.

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