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  • U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Judge Merrick Garland (L) of the United States Court of Appeals after announcing his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington March 16, 2016.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell says the people should have a say in who will fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

  • Sen. McConnell: We will follow the 'Biden Rule'

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responds to President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. McConnell says the American people should have a say in the nomination.

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The White House is interviewing five potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia, a source familiar with the process told Reuters on Wednesday. The source said those under consideration were federal judges Sri Srinivasan, Jane Kelly, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Paul Watford and...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- A senior Japanese trade negotiator said on Wednesday that it would be impossible to renegotiate a sweeping Pacific trade agreement, as some U.S. presidential candidates have proposed, without destroying it. Hiroshi Oe, Japan's deputy chief negotiator for the 12- country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, told an Asia Society forum in...

  • Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News on March 3, 2016.

    Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump from capturing the party's presidential nomination are wrestling with whether to unite behind Ted Cruz.

  • Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell

    U.S. President Barack Obama will press Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 29- President Barack Obama has turned to senior adviser Brian Deese, an economic expert who previously led the administration's climate change efforts, to head the team to pick and win confirmation of a Supreme Court candidate, a White House official said on Monday. "Building on prior White House staffing models for choosing, nominating, and...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican and former federal judge, is being considered by President Barack Obama for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a source close to the process said on Wednesday, as Obama sought to overcome Senate Republican resistance to any nominee. The Republican-dominated Senate must confirm any high court...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he expected the Senate judiciary committee to hold a hearing for his eventual Supreme Court nominee and said it would be difficult for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to block the process for political reasons.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- A day after Senate Republicans ruled out taking action on any Supreme Court nominee he puts forward, President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to move ahead with a selection who will possess an "independent mind" and grasp how laws impact people's lives. "The Constitution vests in the president the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court.

  • President Barack Obama speaks about a Supreme Court nominee from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 24, 2016.

    The president said he's looking for a Supreme Court nominee with a sterling record, a deep respect for the judiciary's role, and an understanding of how the law affects people.

  • President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to move ahead with a Supreme Court justice nominee despite defiance from Senate Republicans, saying he will pick someone with an "independent mind" who understands how laws affect people's lives. The Senate must confirm any nominee from Obama, a Democrat, but Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed not to...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said the Republican-led chamber will refuse to consider anyone President Barack Obama nominates to become a Supreme Court justice. Citing "overwhelming" consensus among Senate Republicans that the next president, who will take office in January, should select a replacement for the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday saying they will not hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee until the next president is sworn in next January.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- Key U.S. senators said on Tuesday that Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee believe the panel should have no hearings or vote on any nominee by President Barack Obama to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. No hearing, no vote, "Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters as he left a meeting of Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The U.S. Senate will withhold its consent for any Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama until after the November election, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. "Presidents have a right to nominate, just as the Senate has its congressional right to provide or withhold consent. In this case, the Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- The White House on Wednesday tried to ratchet up pressure on the Republican-led Senate to allow a vote on President Barack Obama's choice to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democratic president has argued that the Senate has a constitutional duty to consider his impending...

  • RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb 16- President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee for the Supreme Court and chided Republicans who control the U.S. Senate for threatening to block him from filling the pivotal vacancy. The court said Scalia's body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court building on Friday before his funeral Mass at...

  • RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb 16- President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee to the Supreme Court and urged the Republican-led U.S. Senate to move forward on the nomination despite the rancor of Washington politics. "When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States is to nominate someone.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 16- The Republican head of the Senate panel that weighs U.S. Supreme Court nominations said on Tuesday he will wait until President Barack Obama names his pick to fill the vacancy left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death before deciding whether to hold confirmation hearings. Grassley has offered mixed messages since Scalia's...