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A ferocious political battle that could transform the court and alter the election has begun as Republican senators say they will move forward with filling the vacancy.
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The stakes are sky-high for Republicans, with a possible 6-to-3 conservative majority on the nation’s top court.
As the senior member of the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc, she had been a reliable vote to uphold the health care law and had been expected to do so again with the latest challenge, initiated by Republican state attorneys general.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) will be at the center of what will likely be one of the most contentious confirmation battles in history, affording him an opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty to President Trump. But some Democrats say his position -- at odds with the one he took in 2016 -- could help amplify the arguments against his reelection.
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What Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and others said when a 2020 vacancy was just hypothetical.
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The issues that surround the vacancy encompass the broader culture war that divides red and blue America, from abortion to marriage equality to health care to the very structure of government., 
The flag flies at half-mast and visitors examine remembrances left in front of the Supreme Court on the morning after the announcement of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
Back in 2016, when a seat became open during President Obama's last year in office, Fox News was the self-satisfied home to a great deal of principled thinking about the importance of the American people’s will. Such high-mindedness was in short supply during Fox’s popular opinion segments on Friday evening.
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President Trump on Saturday said the deal could still fall through, but that he had approved a new arrangement "in concept" that would allow TikTok to operate in the United States under an investment partnership with Oracle and Walmart.
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