Obama's Supreme Court Shortlist

Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- An aging U.S. Supreme Court has observers wondering: which justice will step down next? Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy -- both appointed by Ronald Reagan -- are 76. If either retires, President Obama could create a liberal majority. A replacement for Stephen Breyer, 74, would probably maintain the court's conservative/liberal balance. But most observers believe Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire first. Appointed by President Clinton, she's the oldest justice at 79 and has been treated for cancer twice. SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein believes California Attorney General Kamala Harris would be the most likely to replace her. He says she's "a female Barack Obama in some sense." Bloomberg News reports that other names circulating for Ginsburg's seat are Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Virginia Seitz and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. (Source: Bloomberg)
Trichet: No Need to Dramatize Chinese Slowdown
00:34 - Former President of the ECB Jean-Claude Trichet discusses monetary policy coming from the ECB and the threat to global growth from China. He speaks with Manus Cranny on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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