The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Members of the US Supreme Court pose for a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on September 29, 2009

    Vacancy May Set Stage for Obama’s Final Battle

    They didn’t wait for the funeral. News of the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shook Washington to its core, providing a chance for a Democratic president to tip a long right-leaning court to a 5-4 liberal majority. With nearly a year before a new, possibly Republican chief executive takes office, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already advocating giving American voters “a voice” by not naming a successor. But Obama says he’ll fulfill his Constitutional duty to replace Scalia, and that the Senate should give his nominee “a fair hearing.”  

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