US President Barack Obama announces Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court at White House in Washington

Obama picks centrist high court nominee; Republicans unmoved

U.S. President Obama announces Judge Garland as Supreme Court nominee at the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama selected Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, choosing a centrist judge meant to win over recalcitrant Senate Republicans whose leaders wasted no time in spurning the Democratic president. The Republican-led Senate’s leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or an up-or-down vote on any Obama nominee. Garland, 63, was picked to replace long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13.

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