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Top Court Saga Upends Even Routine Judiciary Committee Business

Grassley, center, and Leahy, right, in better times. They are now arguing about when and where the Judiciary Committee should conduct its routine business. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Amid the ongoing dispute about how to handle an expected Supreme Court nomination, leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee now can't agree on when — or where — to hold a routine markup.  

Ranking Democrat Patrick J. Leahy blasted the panel's chairman, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, for scrapping the committee's agenda for another week. Among the bills up for review: a measure championed by GOP presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that would allow for revoking the U.S. citizenship from Americans who travel to fight for ISIS.  

On Court Pick, Obama Turns to Those He Trusts Most

Cutter, Obama's deputy re-election campaign manager, is helping the White House with its efforts to pick a Supreme Court nominee. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama is turning to a handful of trusted lieutenants -- some no longer on his staff -- in his bid to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat. And the reliance on his inner circle is vintage Obama.  

Leading the charge inside the White House are a senior aide who played key roles in the $80 billion bailout effort of the U.S. auto industry and a high-powered Washington attorney who represented Obama’s first chief of staff in a legal case involving the president’s former Senate seat.  

Hardened Positions, Feelings at Oval Office Meeting on SCOTUS

Obama and McConnell talk during a meeting with Senate leaders, and leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to discuss the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court in the Oval Office at the White House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A high-level Oval Office meeting Tuesday between top senators and President Barack Obama left no path forward on the contentious issue of whether the president should nominate someone to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  

Senior Senate Republicans were "adamant" during meeting that they would block any Supreme Court nominee Obama submits, according to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.  

Candidates Decry Political Money, but Change Is Unlikely

Both Sanders, left, and Clinton have pledged as part of their campaigns to pick Supreme Court justices that would overturn Citizens United. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As much as the presidential candidates talk about the perils of political money, it might seem like a campaign finance overhaul on Capitol Hill is imminent. It’s not.  

White House hopefuls from both sides of the aisle have been busy blasting the influence of billionaires and millionaires in the election system (while collecting their cash), but measures to restructure campaign laws remain stalled in Congress. And even as the rhetoric against big money continues, most of the candidates have offered slim specifics about how they might update a system in which they are so vested.  

No Hearing, No Vote on SCOTUS Nominee, Judiciary Committee Says

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY., secures support from GOP members of the Judiciary Committee for his position on the Supreme Court nominee.  (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached consensus that President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court should receive no hearing and no vote.  

After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the committee's Republicans wrote him a letter confirming they do not plan to move forward on finding a successor for Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative stalwart who died Feb. 13.  

Obama, Washington Pay Respects to Justice Scalia

Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers as Scalia's casket is carried into the Supreme Court Friday morning. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama paid his respects to Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday afternoon, visiting his flag-draped casket at Supreme Court on a day that hundreds of people lined up to honor and remember the conservative justice.  

At about 3:40 p.m., the president arrived with First Lady Michelle Obama and stood silently before the casket, their heads bowed. The only sound was the click of dozens of cameras. The Obamas then walked over to view a portrait of Scalia, who died Feb. 13 after three decades on the court. Four of Scalia's former clerks stood at the corners of the closed casket, taking shifts throughout  the day.  

Obama's Successor Could Oversee High Court Makeover

Activists with the People For the American Way hold a demonstration outside of the Supreme Court on Monday, calling on Congress to give fair consideration to President Obama’'s coming nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama’s successor could have the chance to orchestrate the biggest re-make of the Supreme Court’s composition in four decades, further raising the stakes of the 2016 election cycle.  

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death gives Obama a chance, though potentially slim, to replace a solidly conservative vote with a consistently liberal one. But, with three justices beyond or approaching their 80th birthdays, voters in November will get a chance to make clear in which political direction they prefer the high court to lean for decades to come.  

Obama to GOP: Constitution 'Clear' on Scalia Replacement

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference following a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the Sunnylands estate in California. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Senate Republicans to hold hearings and vote on his eventual Supreme Court nominee, saying the Constitution requires it.  

Obama offered few clues about the kind of individual he is seeking to replace the late Antonin Scalia, the 79-year-old conservative justice who was found dead Saturday. He did, however, say no candidate’s stance on any single issue would sway his decision and vowed to nominate a “very qualified” individual. He replied "no" — with a wide smile — when asked by a reporter if his calls for the Senate to conduct a confirmation process means he will send seek out a moderate nominee. Obama’s comments came during a news conference in California at an economic conference with Asian leaders.