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http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/president-barack-obama-senate-should-do-their-duty-b99671598z1-369033841.html
...political tumult or not, the Constitution prescribes a process: The president "shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate" to appoint justices to the high court. President Barack Obama should do just that, and the Senate should, in good faith, evaluate the nominee and decide whether to confirm.

Obama has 11 months left in his presidency — plenty of time to fill the vacancy. No recent vacancy on the high court has taken so long to fill. Since 1975, the average time from nomination to decision is 67 days, according to the Congressional Research Service...

...other "lame duck" presidents have nominated justices, and gotten them confirmed. President Ronald Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the bench in November 1987, and Kennedy was confirmed Feb. 3, 1988 — an election year and the last year of Reagan's presidency. The confirmation came after the Senate had rejected two prior nominees. Along with 96 other senators, McConnell voted to confirm Kennedy.

As much as Republicans may wish it were not so, the Constitution still says that presidents serve four years — not three...

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_Journal_Sentinel
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a daily morning broadsheet printed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is the primary newspaper in Milwaukee, the largest newspaper in Wisconsin and is distributed widely throughout the state...

...The founder of Milwaukee Solomon Juneau provided the starting funds for editor John O'Rourke, a former office assistant at the Advertiser, to start the paper. It was first published as a four-page weekly on June 27, 1837...