Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

McConnell rules out action this year on high court

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday ruled out Senate confirmation of Democratic President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee this year, even if after the November election it appears the next president may pick a liberal who Republicans would like even less. In television interviews, McConnell said Republican senators had no intention of confirming Democrat Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, even if Democrats win the White House in November, putting them in the position to nominate someone more liberal than Garland when the new president takes office in January.

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