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Old 02-13-2016, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election.

"On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement on Saturday, calling Scalia, 79, an "extraordinary individual and jurist."

Scalia's death was first reported by the San Antonio News-Express, who said he had apparently died of natural causes while visiting a luxury resort in West Texas.

Appointed to the top U.S. court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia was known for his strident conservative views and theatrical flair in the courtroom.

Obama, who is traveling in California, extended his condolences, and the White House said he would have more to say about Scalia's death later on Saturday.

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The U.S. president will face a stiff battle to win confirmation of a nominee to replace the dead jurist, with Republicans likely to delay in the hope that one of their own wins the November election.

Obama could tilt the balance of the nation's highest court, which now consists of four conservatives and four liberals, if he is successful in pushing his nominate through the Senate confirmation process. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes joins with the liberals on high profile issues, including gay rights and the death penalty.

"Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, and the nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next president names his replacement," Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican presidential candidate, said on Twitter.

The court is set to decide its first major abortion case in nearly 10 years as well as key cases on voting rights, affirmative action and immigration.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at

Scalia's replacement would be Obama's third appointment to the nine-justice court.

Obama's first two appointments to the court, liberals Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and Elena Kagan in 2010, both experienced relatively smooth confirmation hearings in the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats. Sotomayor was approved by a 68-31 vote and Kagan by 63-37.

The battle over Scalia's replacement will be different, with Republicans now in charge of the Senate and keen to exert their influence over the process. Obama is likely to be forced into picking a moderate with little or no history of advocating for liberal causes.

Other factors the White House is likely to consider is whether to nominate a woman or a member of a minority group, or someone who fits into both categories.

Among those mentioned within legal circles as potential nominees are Sri Srinivasan, an Indian-American judge who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since May 2013, and Jacqueline Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American who has been a judge on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since May 2012.

Paul Watford, a black judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who was appointed in May 2012, and Jane Kelly, a white woman and former public defender who has served on the St. Louis, Missouri-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since April 2013, also have been touted as possible nominees.

(Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason and Scott Malone; Editing by Bill Trott and Paul Simao)
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I couldn't stand him as a judge but he's not on my dick cheney/henry Kissinger list.
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The fucked up thing is, I can't think of a fucking thing to say about this.



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Old 02-13-2016, 06:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Reading all the high praise given to him upon his demise makes me wonder who the fuck they're talking about.
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He died as he lived. Bloated and unwanted and probably wishing in that last moment he had had the balls to try sucking a dick.

Burn in hell you backwards, homophobic piece of subhuman garbage.
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Question now is do the Republicans try and block Obama's pick or hedge their bets against a seemingly more likely Sanders presidency and let Obama's pick through?
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He died as he lived. Bloated and unwanted and probably wishing in that last moment he had had the balls to try sucking a dick.

Burn in hell you backwards, homophobic piece of subhuman garbage.
This is why I like you so much.
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The fucked up thing is, I can't think of a fucking thing to say about this.



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I had the same thought.

But what I will say, originating from my left of center sentimentality, is that I hope Obama can pass through a progressive or at least a moderate before his time is up. I know it seems unlikely, but Obama (I like to think) has been more good since the last midterm elections and has been pursuing legacy projects, not giving a shit about the establishment and reelection perspective.


Terry, I still don't see Sanders as the likely candidate. I doubt the republicans will win, even after 8 years of democratic presidency, but I suspect it will be Clinton.

My prediction for the 2016 race; Clinton with sanders running mate, vs probably Trump, hard to say on that side, and a democrat win.
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"Atonin Scalia requested cremation in his will, but tomorrow millions of women will meet to decide what's best for his body."

I'd be funny if not wasn't over half the population's reality.
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I never knew until recently that people that don't like abortion think that its all murder. Like even if the thing is still a bunch of cells.
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Will all do respect to his family, friends and loved ones, Scalia's passing is a blessing to those who had no idea how big of a deal nominating a justice on SCOTUS is.

Finally this issue is in the spotlight. It's been the only one I've voted on for the last three elections.

Who would you want nominating a justice to SCOTUS?

Here's to you Scalia. You just rustled many jimmies.
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Question now is do the Republicans try and block Obama's pick or hedge their bets against a seemingly more likely Sanders presidency and let Obama's pick through?
There are already appointed judges that were approved by the Senate who could potentially be chosen by Obama.

If the R controlled Senate blocks his appointments, a divided court leaves lower court rulings in place. That's gonna REALLY piss off the far right.
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Do you think that most lower courts are more liberal? (I mean obviously you do, but please expand/justify)
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According to Cruz, the people should decide with the next election. I guess the last election didn't count. Of course if the people do decide with another D, Cruz won't be talking the same shit. It'll be back to his longing for a theocracy, an armed theocracy.
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Do you think that most lower courts are more liberal? (I mean obviously you do, but please expand/justify)
That's a very interesting question. If it's that obvious, what would lead you to believe I think that most lower courts are more liberal?
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I like how both republican and democrat parties are ripping themselves apart this cycle.
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We can't let Cruz win bros.

One of us has to bite the bullet if that happens. We draw straws, loser has to wax Cruze if he is elected. I vote stoneric bc he was in the military and is therefore more Rambo than any of us, and he is retiring soon so he will need a project.
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