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The NY Times article talks about the possibility of the confirmation vote on a Supreme Court Justice taking place during a lame-duck session - a Senate session occurring between election day in November and the convening of the new Senate on January 3rd 2021. Even if President Trump loses the November presidential election, he will remain President until ...


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The "list" is a list of potential nominees. Each president makes their own list. The president selects one nominee and sends that name to the Senate for confirmation. (This does not preclude private conversations between the president and trusted members of the Senate about which name to send.) The Senate Judiciary committee holds hearings for that ...


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The House of Representatives plays no part in the process. The Senate can refrain from confirming the nominee, as we all know well from four years ago. However, when the Senate is controlled by the president's party, as it is now, that outcome is rather unlikely.


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Yes, they’re hoping that McConnell will back down if he realizes he doesn’t have the votes. These senators are in a tricky position: going against Trump is very dangerous for a Republican, but they also want to avoid antagonizing moderate and swing voters (and they may also feel personally uncomfortable with ramming through a new justice). These more vague ...


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