President Obama announces nomination for U.S. Supreme Court vacancy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate a U.S. Court of Appeals judge to the United States Supreme Court.

In a ceremony held in the White House's Rose Garden on Wednesday, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to the highest court in the nation.  Garland has served on the D.C. Circuit for 19 years.

Garland was chosen from a short list of nominees, which included fellow U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sri Srinivasan and Paul Watford, a judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California.  If the nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Garland will fill the vacancy created by the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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