Saturday, February 13, 2016

Justice Scalia's Death Creates Congressional Crisis

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in Texas on Saturday threatens to throw American politics into crisis.

Scalia, 79, was spending the weekend at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region. He had arrived on Friday and attended a party with around 40 people. But when he didn’t show up for breakfast on Saturday, hotel employees went to his room and discovered his body.

Almost immediately upon his death, Democrats were calling for a quick nomination of a new justice by President Obama. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell beat them back by insisting that the voters have a say in choosing the new justice by waiting until the presidential election has been decided.

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