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Obama's Strategy for Nominating New Justice Will Set Tone for Debate



WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia  created one of the last major power struggles between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans—and how the White House approaches the fight over a pivotal lifetime appointment will fundamentally shape the debate.

Republicans wasted no time setting the stakes. Before the president could make public condolences, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.,…



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