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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