Meet Merrick Garland, Obama's SCOTUS nominee (usatoday.com)
"Merrick Garland almost made it to the Supreme Court six years ago, but he was saved for a time when President Obama might need someone palatable to Republicans to replace a conservative justice."
Why Obama Nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court (nytimes.com)
"In the face of Republican opposition to a Supreme Court nomination, President Obama needed a candidate who had support from Republicans in the past but who would still move the court in a progressive direction."
Obama just chose Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court. Republicans still won't confirm him. (washingtonpost.com)
"Come January 2017, Republicans have a chance at controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House."