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...
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.
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.
Without even waiting to see whom the President would nominate to the Supreme Court to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate GOP leadership has announced that they will reject any Obama appointment.
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the November election may decide the fate of all three branches of the United States government. That's a pretty unique situation, and it may boost turnout on both sides of the aisle.
Almost immediately upon hearing the shocking news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had unexpectedly died Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not permit the president to fill the court seat. This is a new one.
The sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia sent shockwaves through the political process. Arguably more shocking than the death of a 79-year-old man from a heart attack was the immediate "spin" from Senate Majority Leader McConnell's office.
Leaving Justice Scalia's seat empty until there is a new president would mean that difficult cases this term could come down to a tie, evenly split along ideological lines. So what will it take to get a new justice named?
The idea that a president with more than 10 months left in his term shouldn't do so is curious, but let's not pretend this is a serious tussle over constitutional intent.
Republicans feel they own the Scalia court position. Their comments and actions are consistent with the partisan war they have been waging in Washington from the day President Obama was first sworn in to office.
President Obama has announced his intention to submit to the Senate a nominee to fill the vacancy on the Court. Once he has done so, it is the Senate's constitutional responsibility to act timely on that nomination.
Republicans have shown enormous respect for the Constitution of the United States of America and their hero Associate Justice Antonin Scalia by instantly using his death to demand that President Obama ignore the Constitution for the next 340 DAYS.
We are failing because there is no desire to place governing ahead of tactical politics. America functions, barely, without a legislature capable of governing. It defies the reconstitution of a court which will be shaped by the combined legitimacy of a Senate of one party, chosen by the people, and a president who has twice commanded the majority of the electorate and who retains relatively strong approval ratings for a seventh year in office.
As a Norwegian, a friend of United States, and a former employee of the American Embassy in Oslo, I am deeply concerned about the situation. Norwegians expect more from our most important ally, and we are right to do so.