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Article II of the US Constitution says the President "shall" nominate judges of the US Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the Senate. But it doesn’t say when that process should occur, and it doesn’t provide a timetable for filling vacancies. Even before any official mourning over Saturday’s sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the political debate was already underway. David Hawkings has covered Capitol Hill for 25 years. He’s Senior Editor at Roll Call and author of the blog and column Hawkings Here.
The late Justice Antonin Scalia relished the use of vivid language in fiery debates about the Constitution, politics and social issues. Almost immediately after his sudden death was announced on Saturday, Republicans and Democrats got right to it. The unexpected vacancy leaves the Court divided evenly between the Left and the Right. Should it be filled by President Obama or by his successor? With nine months left in the bitter race for the White House, abortion, voting rights, affirmative action and immigration are issues that could be left hanging.
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@NormOrnstein)
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate (@dahlialithwick)
Brian Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University (@bryfitz)
Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center (@RosenJeffrey)
Shakespeare's fictional Romeo and Juliet were "star-crossed lovers" because they came from feuding Italian families. In Afghanistan, a couple is "star-crossed" in real life, because one is Shiite and the other is Sunni. Kabul Bureau Chief for the New York Times, Rod Nordland is author of The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing.