Article courtesy of CNN, written by Kevin Liptak, Ariane de Vogue and Manu Raju
President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, setting up a dramatic political fight with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block any replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
In a speech in the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised Garland as "one of America sharpest legal minds."
"I have selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency modesty, integrity, evenhandedness and excellence. These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle."
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