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    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies

    The first Italian-American on the bench of the country’s highest court — and a strident conservative — has died. Known for his commitment to originalism and a wicked sense of humor, the 79-year-old New Jersey native died in his sleep while visiting Texas. With nine months until the presidential election, experts predict it will be tough for President Obama to get an appointee past a Republican-dominated Senate; in OZY, constitutional scholar Larry Kramer argues that the fallout should make us question whether the death of a single judge should have so many consequences for democracy. 

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