Who is Merrick Garland and Why Is He Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee?

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President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the empty seat on the Supreme Court. So who is Merrick Garland and what’s his track record?

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Meet Merrick Garland, Obama’s SCOTUS nominee
“Merrick Garland almost made it to the Supreme Court six years ago, but he was saved for a time when President Obama might need someone palatable to Republicans to replace a conservative justice.”

Why Obama Nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court
“In the face of Republican opposition to a Supreme Court nomination, President Obama needed a candidate who had support from Republicans in the past but who would still move the court in a progressive direction.”

Obama just chose Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court. Republicans still won’t confirm him.
“Come January 2017, Republicans have a chance at controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.”

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