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The Next Supreme Court Justice

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia means president Barack Obama will be nominating his replacement in the coming the weeks. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has rallied Republicans and vowed to block any of Obama’s candidates until the Republican presidential nominee is decided and potentially until the end of his presidency. While not written law, Republicans claim that presidents in their last year have not nominated Supreme Court justices because the appointment is lifelong, but there is very little evidence to support this.

Obama countered by invoking the Constitution, remarking during a press conference that “there’s no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years.” Despite Obama’s legal right to nominate a justice, it will certainly be a fight to move his nominee through the Senate, which must approve the choice.

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Scalia was a champion of conservatives who often took stances against affirmative action, abortion, and gay rights. Given that presidents typically nominate a candidate who aligns with their political views, it’s likely Obama’s pick will be more progressive than a Republican choice. But, Obama could also force the Republicans in the Senate to convene a hearing by nominating a moderate Republican to the Court.

Before Scalia’s death, the Supreme Court’s balance of power was regarded as more right-leaning, so any candidate Obama nominates has the potential to shift this power monumentally. Although neither the White House nor Obama has indicated whom he will nominate, there is a lot of speculation
The Next Supreme Court Justice
Although she was only sworn in as attorney general last April, Loretta Lynch would be an ideal candidate for Obama to nominate to the Supreme Court because of her name recognition and occasional bipartisan support. A Supreme Court analyst and blog even picked her as the favorite for the next justice nomination. Before serving as attorney general, Lynch was the district attorney from New York’s eastern disrict. She was born in North Carolina and attended Harvard for both her undergraduate and law degrees. Lynch, 56, would be the first black woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice and, despite her more progressive policies……

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