Seven Things to Look Out For This Week

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Feb 21, 2016 7:00 PM
Seven Things to Look Out For This Week

Here are seven things to look out for in the world of politics in the upcoming week:

1. Who will President Obama nominate to the Supreme Court?

While it's still on the early side to actually announce a nominee to the Supreme Court, expect chatter to increase this week. Justice Scalia was laid to rest this weekend following a public viewing on Friday. Also on Friday, Obama was seen carrying a binder full of potential nominees. In 2005, then-President George W. Bush revealed a nominee 18 days after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement.

2. Nevada's Republicans head to the caucus

After the Democrats selected Hillary as their choice on Saturday, it's the Republicans' turn on Tuesday. Polls show that Donald Trump has a pretty solid lead, followed closely by Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

3. Republican debate night in Houston

The GOP candidates return to the debate stage for the third time this month on Thursday in the last debate before Super Tuesday. The debate will be held at the University of Houston. Wolf Blitzer will be the moderator, and the debate is co-sponsored by CNN, Telemundo, and Salem Media Group. The official list of candidates that will be allowed to participate in the debate will be released later this week.

4. Democratic forum on CNN

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will appear in a town hall on CNN to answer questions from South Carolina voters ahead of their primary on Saturday. This is not a debate. The town hall will be moderated by Chris Cuomo and will take place at the University of South Carolina.

5. The U.K. is potentially leaving the European Union

Saturday, it was announced that the United Kingdom will have a referendum on June 23 over leaving the EU. Now, prominent political figures across the pond are girding their loins and taking up sides as to which campaign they will support. David Cameron, the prime minister of the U.K., has said that he'd like to see the U.K. stay in a "reformed" EU, whereas members of his cabinet as well as London Mayor Boris Johnson have publicly stated that they will be supporting a "Brexit" from the EU. The Vote Leave Facebook page has nearly 200,000 "likes" as of this writing.

6. South Carolina's Democrats vote in their primary

Following Clinton's win in the Nevada Democratic caucus, the Clinton camp is two-for-two (barely) in states with caucuses. She also got trounced by Sanders in the lone primary so far this election season--albeit a primary located smack in the middle of Bernie country. South Carolina's electorate is far more diverse than New Hampshire's, and it will be curious to see if the Palmetto State will be Feelin the Bern'--or if Clinton can keep her momentum going. Polls indicate that Clinton has a comfortable lead in South Carolina.

7. Carson, Kasich closing up shop?

On Saturday, Kasich and Carson combined for just 14.8 percent of the vote, below third-place finisher Cruz's total. While Carson has said that he doesn't plan to drop out and Kasich shows no signs of stopping, there's bound to be pressure from the Cruz and Rubio camps to step aside. Neither Kasich nor Carson are polling all that great in Nevada.