15. McConnell warmed up to the tea party after Republicans complained about his smaller conservative package.
Facing a primary and complaints that he didn’t have much ideological staying power helped McConnell’s decision as well.
- Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative heart of the U.S. Supreme Court for more than a decade, has died. He was 79.
- Scalia was the current court's longest-serving justice, having been nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.
- Republicans are extremely unlikely to confirm anyone that President Obama nominates in the final months of his second term.