Obama to Nominate Scalia Replacement Over Republicans’ Objections
It took only a few minutes after news broke of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death on Saturday for conservatives to demand that Senate Republicans block any replacement nominated by President Barack Obama. It took just a little while more for Republican leadership to agree with them. In a swift statement designed to warn Barack Obama against even nominating a replacement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged to sit on his hands for the remaining 11 months of the president's term. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," the statement read. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."
[NB: I think the American people did have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice - they elected Obama!]
Can Republicans really block Obama’s Supreme Court nomination for a year? Probably.
Justice Scalia’s Death And Implications For The 2016 Election, The Supreme Court And The Nation
How Scalia's Death Will Change the Supreme Court, America, and the Planet
Antonin Scalia's death makes the 2016 presidential election a referendum on the Supreme Court
What it means for current cases before the Court
There was a Republican debate last night. What a disaster for them
The Latest GOP Debate Was an Embarrassing Nightmare for the Party
An ugly fight that saw the GOP succumb to Trumpism
I find it hard to know quite what to say about this debate. It was chaotic and disordered. Lots of candidates called each other liars. Donald Trump used variations of the actual word numerous times. Our initial count from the rough transcript has Trump saying "single biggest liar" twice, "this guy lied" twice and "why do you lie" no less than three times. Rubes said Cruz "lies" a handful of times. And that was just the start of it. I don't think there's ever been a presidential debate where so many of the candidates have called each other liars so many times. At some moments the trash talking and chest-puffing and general drama got so intense I thought this might be a fair approximation of West Side Story if you'd written it about two battling country clubs, the plutocrats versus the plutocrat flunkies. . . .
This debate was downright nasty. Tons of name-calling. Lots of quotes that can be harvested by Democrats to be used against whoever emerges from the current bloodbath to be the Republican nominee. Just a bad face to put forward to the public. [read on]
The longer, the bloodier, and the sillier this campaign season is, the better it is for the eventual Democratic nominee. And it doesn't get much longer, bloodier, or sillier than the debate tonight. [read on]
Trump vs Cruz: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/02/ted-cruz-and-donald-trump-pull-out-their
Trump vs W: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/02/most-heretical-debate-yet-trump-attacks-w.html
In 2008, Donald Trump said George W. Bush should’ve been impeached
Trump vs the GOP base: http://www.vox.com/2016/2/13/10988338/donald-trump-planned-parenthood-gop-debate
Donald Trump stood up for Planned Parenthood
Donald Trump’s defensive, angry debate night
Trump finally went too far for Republicans
The weirdest moment of the CBS GOP debate
One final thought: The audience was an abomination. Letting them hoot and holler after every answer made the debate feel like it was taking place in a Roman coliseum. It was a total embarrassment for the Republican party.
The Sunday talk show line-ups
NBC Meet The Press: Raging Narcissist Donald Trump (R); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Roundtable: Guests TBD.
CBS Face The Nation: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Roundtable: Jamelle Bouie (Slate), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Dan Balz (Washington Post) and Kimberly Strassel (Wall Street Journal).
ABC This Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Roundtable: Matt Bai (Yahoo News), LZ Granderson (ESPN), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro.
CNN State of the Union: Jeb! (R); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Roundtable: Radio Host Hugh Hewitt, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Radio Host Bill Press and Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway.
Bonus item: Gravitational waves!
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