In the modern era, there is no precedent for the Senate to hold up a Supreme Court nomination in an election year when a Supreme Court Justice dies
Since 1900, there have been only four Supreme Court vacancies in Presidential election years -- and only one vacancies arose from the death of a Justice.
Joseph Rucker Lamar died on 1/2/1916, and was replaced six months later (6/1/1916) by Louis Brandeis. Read more about Replacing Scalia -- A historical perspective
TPP: 13 Democratic Senators Invite Republicans to Make Them Laughing Stocks and More Serious Matters
The cloture vote in the Senate is now done, making the TPA vote itself a mere formality. The vote was 60 – 37 in favor of cloture with 13 of the 14 original Democratic defectors (Ben Cardin was the exception) sticking with the multinational corporations, the President, and all but five of the Republicans in supporting cloture. Supporters of cloture celebrated the bipartisan nature of the vote, as if Americans who lose their jobs and their sovereignty as a consequence of it, and the things it enables, will look more favorably on what they did because both major parties did it. Read more about TPP: 13 Democratic Senators Invite Republicans to Make Them Laughing Stocks and More Serious Matters
– Step one: the House passes a TPA bill without passing Trade Adjustments Assistance (TAA); then
– Step two: the Republicans in the Senate give assurances to Senate Democrats that TAA will be passed by the Senate and later the House;
– Step three: the Senate then passes the House's TPA bill, and then sends it to the President; then Read more about TPP: Will Voters Re-elect Laughing Stocks to the Senate?
This stimulus act isn’t all it should be, maybe five-eighths of a loaf, but it is better on close examination than first appearance and media reports had suggested. Read more about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Content, Effect and Implications