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Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Posted by Dustin Robinson on March 17, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Originally published on March 16, 2016 by Michael Shear, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Gardiner Harris on the New York Times. 

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick B. Garland to be the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appellate judge who could reshape the court for a generation and become the face of a bitter election-year confirmation struggle.

In selecting Judge Garland, 63, a well-known figure in Washington legal circles who has drawn praise from members of both parties, Mr. Obama dared Republican senators to ignore public pressure and make good on their promise to block consideration of any nominee until after the next president is chosen.

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