Ben Carson to Senate: Don’t Allow Obama to ‘Diminish’ Antonin Scalia’s Legacy

Ben Carson
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson released a statement Saturday on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, urging the Senate not to “allow President Obama to diminish his legacy by trying to nominate an individual who would carry on his wishes to subvert the will of the People.” “Given the dire condition our democracy currently finds itself under Obama’s ideological agenda, I call on the Senate to stop any attempts to fill this crucial seat until We The People elect a strong Constitutionalist this November,” Carson said in a statement. Carson also praised Scalia for his work. “In an age where it is popular to subscribe to a ‘living Constitution’ and during a time when political and judicial leaders prefer legal decisions that are politically convenient, Justice Scalia always dutifully carried out his responsibilities to interpret the law, not to make new ones,” Carson said. “Time and again, he ruled based on where the black letter of the law led him, not according to the politics of the moment. For that reason, he has angered Americans on both the left and the right, but he has never wavered in his dedication to the Constitution.”
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Maddow: Jeh Johnson Could Fill Vacant SCOTUS Seat, Could Get Through GOP Senate

Saturday on MSNBC on the news of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, network host Rachel Maddow speculated on what she thought could happen in terms of a replacement for Scalia. Maddow suggested Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as a replacement, since he has already made it through the confirmation process of the U.S. Senate. “If I had to throw one scenario into the mix, this might be the kind of time when the president would choose a nominee who effectively has already been vetted, somebody who can kind of jump the line in terms of the United States Senate, somebody who has recently been through a rigorous confirmation process, somebody who, for example, is a cabinet level official in the Obama administration already,” Maddow said. “The first person who springs to mind for that kind of a scenario is Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who is a very reserved and non-ideological person but has served in several administrations as a top Pentagon lawyer, as a very trusted national security expert and legal mind and is now running the biggest agency in the government outside of the Pentagon or the Veterans Affairs department. Somebody like that could conceivably be so
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Scarborough: Scalia’s Death Will Have A ‘Massive Impact’ on GOP Presidential Race

Saturday on MSNBC’s breaking news coverage of the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said the death will have a “massive impact” on the forthcoming debate and the GOP presidential race. Scarborough said, “Obviously, we all are thinking about Justice Scalia and his family and the personal side of this tragedy. But it’s going to be a massive impact on the debate tonight, on the Republican race, and I think you’re going to see a lot of Republicans lining up behind what Mitch McConnell has said, what Ted Cruz has said. In part because, as you know, as well as me, Ted Cruz’s mentor, John Roberts, is just the latest in a long list of justices that many conservatives believe said one thing when they were, before they became justices, and another after they became justices. Antonin Scalia was the exception to that rule. And as you know, you can go back to Earl Warren, which Ike said was the biggest mistake he made in his life, Justice Brennan, liberal stalwarts appointed by Republican justices. Of course, Blackmun, author of Roe v. Wade, appointed by a Republican. And we could go down the list,
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Mitch McConnell: Supreme Court Vacancy Should Be Filled After Election

Mitch McConnell
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday that a replacement for deceased Justice Antonin Scalia should not be confirmed until a new President is elected and in office. “The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said in a statement. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.” Justice Scalia died Saturday in Texas. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. At the time of his death, he was the longest-serving member of the Court. “Today our country lost an unwavering champion of a timeless document that unites each of us as Americans. Justice Scalia’s fidelity to the Constitution was rivaled only by the love of his family: his wife Maureen his nine children, and his many grandchildren,” Sen. McConnell said. “Through the sheer force of his intellect and his legendary wit, this giant of American jurisprudence almost singlehandedly revived an approach to constitutional interpretation that prioritized the text and original meaning‎ of the Constitution,” McConnell continued.  “Elaine and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Scalia family.” Scalia’s death sets up a long and potentially acrimonious process to
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Justice Antonin Scalia: Bulwark For Individual Right To Keep And Bear Arms

The late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was a bulwark for the individual right to keep and bear arms. He voted with the majority in the seminal case of District of Columbia v Heller (2008), a decision that defended the right to keep and bear arms as one individually possessed rather than collectively held.  Two years later he voted with the majority in McDonald v Chicago (2010), a decision that clarified the protections on the individual right to gun ownership by showing that Second Amendment rights are incorporated with Fourteenth Amendment protections. Heller resulted in the abolition of the gun ban in Washington DC, a federal district. McDonald resulted in the abolition of the gun ban in Chicago. The fact that Second Amendment rights are individual—like all other rights in the Bill of Rights—means the federal government cannot infringe upon them. The fact that they are incorporated means cities and states are limited in actions they can take to curtail the exercise of Second Amendment rights as well. Criticism of Scalia was intertwined with criticism of both Heller and McDonald. For example, The New York Times responded to Heller by intimating that Scalia had literally created the individual right to keep
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