Saturday, February 20, 2016

News you can share: A vacant Supreme Court seat, January's unusual warmth, and more

Organizing for Action

Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share -- the latest on the vacancy in the Supreme Court, January's unusual warmth, and more.

How Long Does It Take to Confirm a Supreme Court Nominee?
The New York Times

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has set off a partisan battle over whether the Senate will confirm a successor nominated by President Obama, whose term expires in 342 days. The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a successor from the time of nomination.

Seven Years After the Recovery Act: My Trip Up the Mississippi to Check in on America's Communities' Infrastructure
Medium // Vice President Biden

I'm proud to say that this has been called the most successful economic recovery legislation since the New Deal. All told, it injected more than $800 billion into the economy. It brought tens of billions of dollars from private and local investors off the sidelines.

Earth Kicks Off 2016 With the Most Abnormally Warm Month Ever Measured
Slate // Eric Holthaus

According to the latest data from NASA, issued over the weekend, January was the planet's most unusually warm month since we started measuring temperature in 1880.

The decisions we make about climate change today will reverberate for millennia. No pressure.
Vox // David Roberts

That means it's not just our children who will inherit a world that's hotter, more chaotic, and less biodiverse than the one their parents inherited. That will also be true for their children, and their children, and so on, for hundreds of generations. We are imposing adverse changes on more humans than have ever existed.

President Obama's Supreme Court Nomination
The White House

The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a solemn responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U.S. Constitution. It is not a political opportunity that reflects "left" or "right," Democrat or Republican. It's a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.

Supreme Court Nominees Considered in Election Years Are Usually Confirmed
The New York Times // Gregor Aisch, Josh Keller, K.K. Rebecca Lai, and Karen Yourish

The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a successor from the time of nomination; on average, a nominee has been confirmed, rejected or withdrawn within 25 days. When Justice Antonin Scalia died, 342 days remained in President Obama's term.

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