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Election Year Politics Complicate Supreme Court Process

Who did President Obama nominate? President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat left vacant by the death Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland has served on a lower Federal court for 19 years. Obama called him “one of the sharpest legal minds” with a long history of service in his profession.   According to the Constitution, presidents “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the Supreme...

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