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The dangers of an empty seat

FOR MONTHS, Republican Senators have obstinately refused to consider Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Senator Mitch McConnell set this strategy in motion mere hours after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, when he issued a statement declaring that he would not allow the vacancy to be filled during the remainder of President Obama’s term. This unprecedented obstructionism has ensured that the future of the Supreme Court is at

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