More than any single event of his presidency, the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia presents Barack Obama with the most concrete opportunity to actualize his presidential campaign promise: "Change We Can Believe In."
Today the public has been notified that the battle is coming; the timing of Scalia's death in an election year has ensured it. In presidential election years, Supreme Court nominations are considered very important to voting decisions to a substantial share of the population.
Scalia's death then launched a wave of speculation over the future of US climate policy and the CPP, and the consensus is clear: no one expects the Supreme Court to revisit last week's decision, but everyone expects it to hear the case upon appeal -- and by then, it will be a different court, so by then, Scalia's death will matter.
As one of the most powerful individuals in the country, whose opinions directly impacted the lives of Americans, Scalia advanced a morally repugnant worldview. The openings for progressive change created by Scalia's death are paramount.
One of the dumber debates in recent history has broken out in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's passing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell h...
Today's topics include: Antonin Scalia is Dead; This Changes Everything; The Republican Obstructionist Reaction; Ted Cruz Vows to Filibuster; Ted Cruz Baffled by Reality; Alex Jones, Michael Savage and Donald Trump Think Scalia was Murdered; and much more.
In a TMFS sketch, the spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses the Republican's ultimate plan to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
The moment that Chuck Schumer has been training for his whole life came sometime after sunset on Friday night when U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep at a ranch in West Texas.
Scalia's profound skepticism about the powers of government along with his fervent advocacy of what he perceived as the original intentions of the constitution's founders created a perfect storm to occasionally count his vote in a way that favored criminal defendants.
I am troubled by the lack of clear answers to basic questions surrounding Scalia's sudden death on Saturday and by sketchy "who," "what" and "when" details of his passing.
The Clean Power Plan now has a better chance of being upheld on appeal during the incessant litigation brought by coal companies and some states to stop it from ever taking effect.
By refusing to consider any nominee put forth by President Barack Obama, Republicans arranged the chess board such that there is one, and only one, scenario in which the outcome works in their favor.
It's not my purpose here to opine on whether Scalia was a good or bad justice, or on what qualities we should look for in his replacement. But it's worth noting that this justice, to many the very picture of judicial conservatism, had a record in this area that was difficult to fit into our typical categories.
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Stop the pipe-dreaming. The Republican Senate is not going to replace Justice Scalia with a Democratic president's nominee. Hence, the political message President Obama sends with his nominee is critical.