Capitol Bell – GOP senators renew pledge to block Obama Supreme Court nominee

Capitol Bell – GOP senators renew pledge to block Obama Supreme Court nominee

The Daily Signal
June 10, 2016
Happy Friday from Capitol Hill, where conservatives disagree on a House-passed plan to rescue Puerto Rico from its debt crisis. Josh Siegel reports. At a gathering of conservatives, the top Senate Republican insists President Obama will not put another justice on the Supreme Court. Another Chinese fighter jet challenges U.S. aircraft in international airspace. China expert Dean Cheng knows what they’re doing. And to Hawaii lovers: Happy Kamehameha Day. Have a great weekend, everyone.

GOP senators renew pledge to block Obama Supreme Court nominee. Senate Republicans doubled down on opposition to President Barack Obama’s recent Supreme Court nomination, meaning the next justice could be indirectly picked in the November election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was adamant in opposition to the nomination of Merrick Garland, speaking Friday at the Road to Majority Conference, a gathering of conservative and faith-based activists in the District of Columbia, reports The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas.
House-passed debt relief for Puerto Rico splits conservatives. A bill establishing a legal framework for Puerto Rico to restructure its $72 billion debt load passed the House by a 297-127 vote after months of haggling among the Obama administration, Democrats, bondholders, unions, Puerto Rico officials—and conservatives. About the only thing conservatives agree on about legislation the House passed Thursday night providing rescue to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is that it’s not a bailout.
Flying the unfriendly skies: China’s dangerous behavior. The Heritage Foundation’s Dean Cheng writes that for the second time in a month, a Chinese fighter jet has made an unsafe approach to an American military aircraft. This time, a Chinese air force J-10 fighter intercepted a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the East China Sea. The Chinese fighter approached at high speed at the same altitude, and reportedly closed to within a hundred feet of the converted airliner.
What we’re reading: Steven G. Calabresi, a law professor at Northwestern University, discusses the number of justices who sit on the Supreme Court. He contrasts our current court of nine justices with earlier periods in U.S. history, international courts, and state supreme courts. He also explains what happens when a case gets a 4-4 vote in a new video from The Federalist Society.

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