In a day Murkowski changes her tone on court nominee

first_imgDownload AudioYesterday, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she believes it’s “important” that the Senate hold a hearing on President Obama’s choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.“I do believe that the nominee should get a hearing,” she said, while taking questions from reporters in Juneau.Late this afternoon, in a series of five Twitter posts, Murkowski essentially said there should be no nominee.On both days, she said it’s up to the Senate to decide whether the nominee gets a vote on the Senate floor. Today, though, she went a step further. In Twitter post No. 4 she announced that she’s urging Obama to follow what she called “a tradition embraced by both parties” and let the next president make the nomination.“If POTUS ignores precedent,” she said in tweet No. 5, “I believe extraordinary circumstances give the Senate every right to deny the nominee an up or down vote.”It’s not clear what “precedent” and “tradition” Murkowski meant, but the claim that a president in his final year ceases to make court appointments is disputed. The independent website Politifact rated a similar claim  “false.”A spokesman for Sen. Dan Sullivan wouldn’t say whether Sullivan believes an Obama nominee deserves a Senate hearing. But the spokesman did say Sullivan will likely oppose any of the president’s choices.last_img read more

Panama prepares for its toughest World Cup challenge yet

first_imgNIZHNIY NOVGOROD,Russia –  Panama will name an unchanged line-up for the World Cup Group G clash against England on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, veteran coach Hernán Gómez confirmed on Saturday.The Colombian, who previously coached his home country and Ecuador at the World Cup, said he was opting for experience in his team selection.“The line-up will be exactly the same,” said Gómez.He added: “We have a certain stability and an organized team.”Ironically, England has been embroiled in a row with media about reporters revealing their starting line-up well before the game.Potential plans to drop forward Raheem Sterling for Marcus Rashford were revealed after a photograph showing a possible line-up for Sunday was published after being photographed in the hand of assistant coach Steve Holland.The publication of the team sheet prompted a spat between the England camp and the media.Gómez said though it made not the slightest difference to his plans, nor “gives me any advantage.”He praised an “organized” and “speedy” England and said they would present an even stiffer test than Belgium, the top ranked team in the group, who beat the Central Americans 3-0.“Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult match,” he said. “It’s going to be our hardest match by far.”He even admitted that the result could be the same or even worse, but snapped at one reporter who accused of him of being excessively negative.“Have you heard me talk to my players, have you?” he responded after being accused of being talking down Panama’s chances.Gomez said the Panamanians would try to defend stoutly and pick-off England in the “chaos” of the counter-attack.“If we play in an organized way and play the way we can, we can give them a hard time.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica hopes to clinch World Cup berth against a carefree Mexico A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica San Keylor takes off PHOTOS: Costa Rica comes up empty-handed in clash with Panamalast_img read more