Obama nominates Garland for US Supreme Court

March 16, 2016 17:13

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated appellate court judge Merrick Garland, considered a moderate with a history of support from both parties, to the US Supreme Court, defying threats by the Republican-led Senate to block any nominee he picks.

Obama selected Garland, 63, to fill the vacancy left by the Feb. 13 death of Antonin Scalia, who during his three-decade tenure became the court's most influential conservative voice.

The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

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