Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says federal appellate judge Merrick Garland would bring a spirit of modesty, integrity and even-handedness to the Supreme Court.

Obama is announcing that he’s nominating Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He says Garland is widely recognized for his excellence. He’s pointing to Garland’s experience as a law clerk, a prosecutor and as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Obama says he went through a rigorous and comprehensive process to pick his nominee. He says he sought to set aside short-term expediency and “narrow politics.”

The president says he reached out to every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to seek advice about the nomination.

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  • OnIt

    But first he had to bestow us with his bracket picks, another busy day in the life of O.

    A more interesting news bite, his 17 @ 14 YO daughters wore 40 G’s worth of dresses to the Trudeau state dinner bash. Let them eat cake!

  • Kevin Rahe

    I think any nominee should be asked whether they trust science, a question to which the concurring justices in Roe v Wade could not have answered, “Yes.”

  • Andrew

    “a rigorous and comprehensive process”
    Meaning finding someone who would say yes, knowing ahead of time that the nomination would never go anywhere.