President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick B. Garland to be the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appellate judge who could reshape the court for a generation and become the face of a bitter election-year confirmation struggle.
In selecting Judge Garland, 63, a well-known figure in Washington legal circles who has drawn praise from members of both parties, Mr. Obama dared Republican senators to ignore public pressure and make good on their promise to block consideration of any nominee until after the next president is chosen.
“The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the court’s direction,” he said.
“The Senate will continue to observe the ‘Biden Rule’ so the American people have a voice in this momentous decision. The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate somebody very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in filling this vacancy.”
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stood by McConnell’s decision.
“This has never been about who the nominee is. It is about a basic principle. Under our Constitution, the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee.
“I fully support Leader McConnell and Chairman [Chuck] Grassley’s [R-Iowa] decision not to move forward with the confirmation process. We should let the American people decide the direction of the court.”
Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, said that while she did not believe the Senate should move forward on a nominee until after the presidential election, she would meet with Mr. Obama’s pick.
“I feel I would want to explain my position to the nominee,” she said. “He does serve on the Circuit Court of Appeals, so I want to give him that courtesy.”
Ms. Ayotte is locked in a tough battle for re-election with Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Other Republicans who said they would meet with Judge Garland included Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine. Ms. Collins — who said White House officials had asked her, like many other senators, to meet with him — also said she believed the Judiciary Committee should hold hearings on Mr. Garland’s nomination, a lonely stance on her side of aisle.
President Barack Obama picked Kansas to win the NCAA title, with the hopes of correctly selecting college basketball’s national champion in the first and last years of his presidency.
Obama will leave office in January 2017. He correctly picked North Carolina in his first year in office in 2009, but he hasn’t selected the winner in the past six brackets.
I chose no one, because college basketball is terrible.
Trump might end the world…
Everyone is loves talking about riots…
Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that his supporters would respond with “riots” if he fails to secure the nomination at July’s convention in Cleveland.
“I think you’d have riots,” Trump told CNN on Wednesday. “I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”
At Trump rallies, people of all ages and creeds, even some outside the continent, have continued to make their voices heard.
Far from idle chatter, Trump’s words come as escalating protests from left-wing activists, heated responses from his supporters, and increasing tensions within the GOP over his candidacy are raising fears that the convention could devolve into chaos. Cleveland is reportedly working to procure 2,000 sets of riot gear equipment for its officers.
Dear white people if Trump wins young niggas such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots everywhere we go. Just so you know.
— War Machine III (@TefPoe) March 16, 2016
Every Republican will be asked about supporting Trump…
Say “YES” and you areasked, “even after all he has said”.
Say “NO” and you are asked about “the will of the people”.
Who cares, short of a 3rd party, this will not matter.
Also, Trump will never be President…
Wanna be cop killer’s brother, who filmed him attacking cops, called a good kid, who needs to be in school…
Michael faces 25 charges, including second-degree murder, six counts of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He remained hospitalized Wednesday from injuries he suffered during the firefight.
Police say Elijah and Malik Ford were present as Michael readied his Springfield Arms XP40 handgun and ammunition, before the brothers drove toward the police station.
From the passenger seat, Elijah Ford recorded Michael Ford’s last will and testament during the drive.
All three men got out of the car, as Michael walked toward the wrong building. According to the police document, Elijah and Malik Ford pointed their brother toward the station, as they got back in the Honda.
When Michael Ford opened fire, two rounds shattered the front glass door of the police station, before he started shooting at passing vehicles, according to police.
During the shooting, officers asked Malik and Elijah Ford where the shooter was — Malik Ford shouted back he didn’t know, even though Michael Ford “was clearly visible on the video recording being recorded hiding behind a police van,” according to police.
With six family members standing by to testify to his character, 21-year-old Malik Ford fainted during his bond hearing. He and his brother Elijah Ford appeared in front of a judge over closed circuit TV charged for their involvement in their brother Michael’s plan.
Conservative butthurt continues…
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