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President Obama has nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, DC as a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans are accusing Obama of politicizing the court — the same charge Democrats have leveled against Republicans under similar circumstances.

Later on the program, the nomination of Merrick Garland comes just a day after presidential primaries in several states.  We hear how they've narrowed the field of candidates and what's facing those still standing.

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Christine Detz

Presidential Politics and the US Supreme Court 22 MIN, 21 SEC

President Obama today named a distinguished judge to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court. The nominee is a veteran, Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, who is well regarded by Senators of both parties.

Nevertheless, Republicans were ready to Just Say "No" — not to the judge himself but to his nomination by an outgoing president. They accuse Obama of politicizing the court — the same charge Democrats have leveled against Republicans under similar circumstances. That's intensifying this year's race for the White House just one day after another round of primary elections. 

Guests:
Josh Lederman, Associated Press (@joshledermanAP)
Ed Whelan, Ethics and Public Policy Center (@EdWhelanEPPC)
Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles (@adamwinkler)
Alexander Bolton, The Hill (@alexanderbolton)

More:
Lederman on GOP's decision to fight Obama no matter whom he picks
Bolton on Orrin Hatch being open to a lame-duck hearing for Garland
Whelan on Merrick Garland

Trump and Clinton Widen their Lead 27 MIN, 22 SEC

Yesterday's presidential primaries have altered the landscape for both political parties. The principal casualty was Florida's Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race for the White House after Donald Trump crushed him in his own state. John Kasich is hanging on by his fingernails, with Ted Cruz still strong enough to help prevent Trump from securing the GOP nomination. With Hillary Clinton taking claiming victory in several states, it was a bad day for Bernie Sanders. We hear about the narrowing field of candidates and what's facing those still standing.

Guests:
Alex Isenstadt, Politico (@politicoalex)
Jamal Simmons, CRVIII (@JamalSimmons)
Douglas Heye, Harvard Institute of Politics (@DougHeye)
Neil Irwin, New York Times (@Neil_Irwin)

More:
Isenstadt on possibility of a contested convention to stop Trump, GOP resolve
Heye on Trump's rhetoric and the violence at his campaign events
Irwin on "the geography of Trumpism"
Irwin on why left-of-center wonks are skeptical of Sanders

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