Today, supreme court justice Antonin Scalia passed away. A Reagan Appointee, Scalia held tight to conservative ideals and always voted with his party before the law. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35571868 While the republicans had hoped he would last until after the election, insiders knew he was ill and probably wouldnt survive another year. Scalia, will no longer be the voice of conservatives on the highest court, and the republicans will surely try to block any nomination by President Obama. It wont matter as Hillary will be able to make the appointment after January 2017. TOS.