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.
For years, there's something that we Americans have urgently needed to see. If now isn't a teachable moment -- what with the spectacle of the Republican presidential race before us -- I don't know what would be. We can begin with Trump as a flagrant piece of a much bigger picture.
It's clear now, and will come into stronger focus as the country moves forward, that in spite of continuous opposition, President Obama has been hugely successful in working to cut carbon pollution and take real steps to fight climate change, all while growing the economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. And it's time for the Republicans to hop onboard.
For 40 years, Republicans and some Democrats have been demanding an end to the ban on crude oil exports. The omnibus bill lifts that ban just as the world community meeting in Paris agreed that emissions released from fossil fuels must be lowered if the planet is to escape incineration.
Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.
The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.
Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.
Judge Restrepo's story of immigrant success seems to be on hold for the moment. That's because he's been waiting since November 2014, when President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, to be confirmed as an appeals court judge.