Merrick Garland nominated for Supreme Court
President Barack Obama announced today that his nomination for supreme court justice will be Merrick Garland, a Jewish federal appeals court judge. If elected, he will replace the seat left vacant last month at the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Republicans have said that no matter who is nominated, they will not consider any nominee chosen by Obama. Instead, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wants the new president to make that nomination. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan agrees and said that “the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee.”