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Who is Merrick Garland? Meet Obama's pick for U.S. Supreme Court

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama selected Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Here are five things to know about the Supreme Court nominee.

The Clinton connection

Garland was named to the U.S. Court of
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Garland was named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia nearly 20 years ago in 1997 by former President Bill Clinton. He also worked in the Justice Department during Clinton's presidency.

An older choice

At 63, Garland is the oldest Supreme Court
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At 63, Garland is the oldest Supreme Court pick since Justice Lewis Powell was nominated in 1971 at the age of 64.

Third time's a charm?

Obama has considered Garland twice for the nation's
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Obama has considered Garland twice for the nation's highest court, but passed him over twice -- first for Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and again for Elena Kagan in 2010.

A moderate nominee

He's widely viewed as a moderate pick for
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He's widely viewed as a moderate pick for Obama, who said in his speech on Wednesday that Garland had earned praise from both Democrats and Republicans.

An uphill battle ahead

It will be tough to get Garland confirmed.
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It will be tough to get Garland confirmed. Senate Republicans have repeatedly said that they won't confirm an Obama Supreme Court pick, insisting that Obama leave Scalia's seat vacant until a new president is elected.

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