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Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

Tue Jan 03 04:11:25 EST 2017 | Los Angeles Times
One of 2016’s most spectacular examples of government dysfunction was the U.S. Senate’s outrageous refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That dereliction of duty by the Republican majority not only denied a sitting president his constitutional prerogative to fill vacancies in the court (so that the appointment would go instead to a hoped-for Republican successor). It also prevented the court from re..


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WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Merrick B. Garland on Tuesday joined a small but distinguished fraternity of prominent U.S. judicial figures appointed to the highest court in the land,..
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Published: Jan 3, 2017 3:28 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court expired at noon Tuesday, clearing the way for President-elect ..
Senate Republicans have steadfastly refused to allow a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of conser..
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Remember when President Obama nominated D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court? Remember the GOP rightfully held out on his nomination? Remember when the ..
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