Supreme Court’s Options Without Scalia

WASHINGTON, DC—As the United States mourns the loss of a legal titan, Justice Antonin Scalia, many Americans are wondering what happens now at the Supreme Court, especially on issues that were expected to go 5-4.

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Three Reasons Not to Trust Republicans’ Failure Theater on Justice Scalia Replacement

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has now promised to stifle any judicial nominee President Obama makes for the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” he stated.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks as he along with Justice Stephen Breyer testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing entitled, ?Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States" at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2011. AFP …

FLASHBACK: Joe Biden Wrote the Obstructionist Playbook on ‘Borking’ a President’s Nominee

With news of the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Obama White House and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton are already staking a position that President Obama, and not his successor, should appoint Scalia’s replacement. But it’s useful to remember that one key members of the Obama administration – Vice President Joe Biden – once had a very different opinion on the Senate’s ability to block a president’s nominee.

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