Obama is going to test the GOP resolve on holding the line on a SCOTUS nominee :
The Associated Press reported that Obama has narrowed the list of possible nominees to three appeals court judges: Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the appeals courts in Washington, D.C.; Sri Srinivasan, a judge on that court; and Paul Watford of the appeals courts based in San Francisco.
Senate Republicans have repeatedly vowed not to hold any hearings or votes on a potential Supreme Court nominee until after November’s presidential election. The court has been divided between four conservative and four liberal justices since Scalia’s death Feb. 13.
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