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President Obama takes court nominee case to SCOTUSblog

POTUS wrote an op-ed in SCOTUSblog on Wednesday.

True story.

POTUS stands for President of the United States. It's an acronym that dates back to the days of the telegram. SCOTUS is Supreme Court of the United States. But maybe you already all knew that.

SCOTUSblog, though is a little more obscure. It's a wonky Washington blog that chronicles Supreme Court rulings and other news about the court. Known for delivering quick, accurate legal analysis of major decisions, the blog launched into greater prominence in 2012 with the 5-4 ruling upholding Obama's health care law. While cable networks fumbled with what the majority opinion actually said, SCOTUSblog got it right.

It has influence, which explains why President Barack Obama chose this platform — online only and with far less reach than traditional media outlets — to write 481 words explaining how he'll choose a nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the nation's highest court.

The piece, titled "A Responsibility I Take Seriously,"offers what Obama calls "spoiler-free insights into what I think about before appointing the person who will be our next Supreme Court Justice."

"First and foremost, the person I appoint will be eminently qualified. He or she will have an independent mind, rigorous intellect, impeccable credentials, and a record of excellence and integrity. I'm looking for a mastery of the law, with an ability to hone in on the key issues before the Court, and provide clear answers to complex legal questions," Obama wrote.

Read the full piece here.

Obama concluded — either with his head in the clouds or his tongue in his cheek — "as Senators prepare to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to consider the person I appoint, I hope they'll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the Court can continue to serve the American people at full strength."

But as the Washington headline du jour tells us, that ain't likely.

President Obama takes court nominee case to SCOTUSblog 02/24/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 11:48am]
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