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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Will the Senate Confirm Obama's Supreme Court Nominee?

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia has provided President Obama with the opportunity to nominate another justice to the Supreme Court before leaves office next January. There's a catch, of course. Presidents may nominate potential Supreme Court justices, but they they have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and there's a strong likelihood that because it's currently controlled by the Republican party, it will not act until after the general election in November.

Unless.

Unless it appears that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders (or maybe both) are poised to win in November and Senate Republicans fear that they'll nominate someone even more liberal than President Obama's nominee. In such a scenario I think it's highly likely that the Senate will confirm whomever President Obama nominates.

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