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who is Merricak Garland ?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Tucson, AZ
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    It has been 9 months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonia Scalia to the Supreme Court. Garland is hardly the only justice waiting confirmation, since there are currently 105 total vacancies, with a total of 59 nominees pending.

    http://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships/judicial-vacancies/current-judicial-vacancies

    Merrick Garland is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude for Harvard, and was the valedictorian for his class. Harvard, an he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

    To most rational people, he would be an excellent choice to be on the Supreme Court, which is why he was nominated by Barack Obama on March 16. However, the obstructionists under McConnell have so far opposed his confirmation, in large part because he is considering "anti gun".

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/16/merrick-garland-has-very-liberal-view-gun-rights/

    Since Congress is controlled by the NRA, he won't get confirmed until the adults control the Senate. Currently, the adults hold 48 seats, and the Republicans hold 52. Tantalizing close, but not quite good enough.

    If the Democrats had regained control of the Senate, they could have refused to confirm ANY of Trump's dubious cabinet picks until Merrick Garland gets confirmed.

    I'm still hoping that the 3 state recount prevents Trump from taking the oath of office. If that happens, we can FINALLY make progress on getting a highly qualified individual to move up to the Supreme Court.

  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Garland is more conservative than Dems would typically like. Potus was trying to somewhat be compromising because he knew a full court better served the nation.

    The recount won't be a success. I have read that in Wisconsin many voting machines show signs of tampering. Pennsylvania has stated another million dollars is needed to proceed. The evil nature is something you'll get desensitized to. While I am at it, SPOILER ALERT *** There's no Santa Claus. Watch as decency, judicial fairness, and anything that might aid a poor person become unicorns.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes T.J. indeed this is still an future fight; which we may loose as well, since we lost both the House and Senate. Thus I fear the "church" crazy's will win as well Citizens United.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    On the topic of recounting, Florida ? Wow.

    bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/06/breakin...

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote:

    On the topic of recounting, Florida ? Wow.

    bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/06/breakin...

    Tony; knowing this Scott guy, I don't give it any chance.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Knowing Scott I believe corruption. Who knows what could be found. Stay tuned in.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Perhaps another thread should have been started on voting irregularities but this thread mentioned the recount. I personally expect nothing good will result from a recount but even poor children can hope for a Christmas gift.

    bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/06/breakin...

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote:

    Perhaps another thread should have been started on voting irregularities but this thread mentioned the recount. I personally expect nothing good will result from a recount but even poor children can hope for a Christmas gift.

    bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/06/breakin...

    Tony, it does not matter anymore; I just saw that Trump's approval ratings hit 50% ( I believe these "polls" are as bad as in the elections) Anyway the "dumb" part of this country falls for his Carrier deal as well Boeing. He's acting as an kid in an candy store; but the damage has been done; forget your X-Mas gift; dive in the trash bin and may be you find something fantastic.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Huffington Post Pollster

    Yeah according to the latest Politico poll Trump's approval rating now is 48 percent. This compares with President Obama at 52 percent. Go figure.

    Sorry, this is off topic.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    As I said, he is going to be a formidable force to deal with. Time magazine named him man of the year or something.