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Obama's SCOTUS Pick Is About to Make History

Merrick Garland will have waited the longest without being confirmed

(Newser) - Merrick Garland is about to break a century-old record without breaking a sweat. As of Wednesday, President Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court will have gone 126 days without being confirmed, besting the 125-day record America's first Jewish justice, Louis Brandeis, set in 1916,... More »

Obama Immigration Defeat Could Help Dems Win

Democrats plan to mobilize Hispanic vote

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's tie vote on President Obama's immigration pla n yesterday killed off that part of his legacy—but it may have made it more likely that Hillary Clinton will be his successor. Democrats say the ruling, which blocks a plan to shield more than 4 million... More »

Conservatives Wary of Trump Push for Obama Court Pick

They fear Clinton would appoint a more liberal justice

(Newser) - With Donald Trump the last GOP presidential candidate standing, some conservatives are starting to get nervous about the Supreme Court. "There is absolutely no reason to drag this out any longer," managing editor Leon Wolf writes at conservative blog RedState . "Garland is not a great choice, but... More »

First GOP Senator Breaks SCOTUS Blockade

Mark Kirk praises 'one of the most eminent jurists in the country'

(Newser) - Mark Kirk on Tuesday became the first Republican senator to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, criticizing GOP leaders' refusal to hold confirmation hearings or a vote on the longtime federal judge and praising him as "one of the most eminent jurists in the country," the AP... More »

McConnell on Lame-Duck SCOTUS Hearing: No Way

Senate majority leader isn't budging on Merrick Garland's nomination

(Newser) - The leader of the Republican-controlled Senate is ruling out the idea of considering President Obama's Supreme Court nominee after the November election, as one GOP colleague has suggested. "I can't imagine that a Republican majority Congress in a lame duck session after the American people have spoken... More »

GOP Senators Wavering on SCOTUS Blockade

Better him than a Clinton pick, some believe

(Newser) - With polls suggesting the next president is more likely to be Hillary Clinton than somebody who claims he can "Make America Great Again," some Republican senators are wavering on their Supreme Court stance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists that the next president should choose Antonin Scalia's... More »

SCOTUS Nominee Merrick Garland Is Obama's Sacrificial Lamb

'He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months as a prop'

(Newser) - It seems unlikely Republicans in Congress will give President Obama's Supreme Court nominee a hearing, and that's exactly the point, writes Slate's Jim Newell, who describes Merrick Garland as Obama's "rope-a-dope nominee." "He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months... More »

Meet Obama's Pick to Replace Scalia

Merrick Garland is the nominee

(Newser) - President Obama announced his choice to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court: Merrick Garland, chief judge of the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. He's "one of America's sharpest legal minds" and is "uniquely qualified," said Obama at the White House Wednesday morning.... More »

Who Might Take Scalia's Seat?

Look toward the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

(Newser) - With the death of Antonin Scalia , the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, comes the inevitable question of who might succeed him on the bench. Some of the bigger names being floated, via USA Today and Roll Call :
  • Sri Srinivasan: The 48-year-old Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit judge
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Kagan Choice for Court: How It Will Play Out

She'll have critics on both right and left, but will skirt major battles

(Newser) - The Senate confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan will likely include some minor dust-ups but no major battles, observers say. Liberals are worried she's more conservative than Stevens and will thus push the court to the right, but are unlikely to seriously oppose her. Conservatives respect her overall, though her move... More »

Supreme Court Short List Looks Like America

It includes the first black female chief justice in US history

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may not be on Supreme Court short list—assuming Robert Gibbs isn't fibbing—but those who are make up a diverse bunch. Of the eight names offered by the White House, maybe four are serious candidates (Elena Kagan, Diane Wood, Merrick Garland, and probably newcomer Sidney Thomas), with... More »

Obama Eyes Elena Kagan, 2 Others for Supreme Court

President will move fast once Stevens steps down

(Newser) - Justice John Paul Stevens still hasn't decided exactly how soon he'll retire from the Supreme Court, but President Obama already has his eye on three potential replacements: Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland. The White House is preparing to move quickly with a... More »

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