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Week In Politics: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Sets Up Political Battle

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Week In Politics: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Sets Up Political Battle

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives President Trump a chance at a third Supreme Court justice. What the usual process is, and how it could be altered this time around.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a national loss, but in an election year, it also presents President Trump with a political opportunity to put another conservative judge on the Supreme Court – or try to. NPR’s Ron Elving joins us. Ron, thanks for being with us.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Scott.

SIMON: And remind us of what I’ll call the usual timelining – timeline for nominating, vetting and confirming a justice to the court.

ELVING: In recent history, it’s been nine or 10 weeks. There’s usually a period of respectful deference to the deceased. And let us just say at this juncture, it is a pity we can’t simply defer the political talk for a while and salute the most extraordinary woman – this most extraordinary woman – and her contribution to history. But I think we know that’s not possible in this hyper-political season.So very shortly, we expect the president will have a name. That person will be presented at the White House, […]

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