Presidential Politics and the US Supreme Court

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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. 

Credits

Guests:
Josh Lederman - Associated Press - @joshledermanAP, Ed Whelan - Ethics and Public Policy Center - @EdWhelanEPPC, Adam Winkler - professor of law at UCLA, and author of "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America" - @adamwinkler, Alexander Bolton - The Hill - @alexanderbolton

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Christine Detz