Obama to Name #SCOTUS Nominee Today

Update (10:42 AM ET): Reports are coming in that Obama has selected Merrick Garland, with an official announcement here in a few minutes. Activists are noting his “tough on crime” policies, in light of recent push for reform on those issues: 

A little over a month after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama is now set to name his nomination for replacement at 11 ET. According to Reuters, Obama’s short list contains Sri Srinivasan and Merrick B. Garland. Both men are federal appellate judges.

This is sure to be a tough fight for President Obama , and the White House has launched a very pointed Twitter account this morning ahead of the nomination:

We will update the post once the nominee is announced.

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    1. You underestimate how partisan politics have gotten in the US, I’m afraid. They’d object to the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln if Obama nominated him.

  1. ‘McConnell immediately tried to turn Obama’s warning back on the president. He said it was not the Republican party that was politicizing the process, but Obama himself by attempting to force a supreme court appointment during an election year.’

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said: “I proudly stand with my Republican colleagues in our shared belief – our advice and consent – that we should not vote on any nominee until the next president is sworn into office. The people will decide.”

    Quotes from http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/mar/16/obama-nominates-merrick-garland-supreme-court-dc-appeals-court-judge

    This sounds like Republicans being take-no-prisoners ideologues as usual, but I lack the background to judge. (I’m not USA citizen or resident). In the past when a supreme court vacancy has arisen some 10 months before the election, has the current president sought to fill it, or has it waited until after the election?

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