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GOP tries to head off liberal Stevens replacement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans promise what one senator calls a "whale of a fight" if President Barack Obama picks someone they consider too liberal to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Stevens plans to step down when the court finishes its work for the summer. Obama says he will quickly name a successor. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he hopes Obama picks someone who will get a big bipartisan vote. But, Hatch says, if he doesn't, "there's going to be a whale of a fight." With just 41 Senate seats, Republicans would have to be unified

to block an Obama nominee. Last year, nine Republicans helped confirm Obama's first high court nominee, the liberal-leaning Sonia Sotomayor. 

 

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