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Obama unveils Garland as Supreme Court pick

US President Barack Obama announces his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland (R), in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 16, 2016President Barack Obama will on Wednesday tap the centrist judge Merrick Garland as his pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by late conservative justice Antonin Scalia, setting the stage for an election-year showdown with Republicans. The nomination comes even as Obama girded for a brutal battle with the Senate, where the Republican majority has vowed to ignore his selection. The Republican party’s leadership has insisted the nomination should be made by Obama’s successor in the White House, who takes office in less than a year.

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