Obama to nominate Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, Congressional sources say

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By: Kathleen Hennessey/Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional sources say President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Garland is the chief justice for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court whose influence over federal policy and national security matters has made it a proving ground for potential Supreme Court justices.

Republicans who run the Senate have said they won’t consider an Obama nominee in an election year and want the next president to make that choice.