- President Barack Obama formally announced Merrick Garland as his pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
- Senate Republicans want to block President Barack Obama from getting another liberal on the bench
Washington (CNN)When a president nominates someone for the Supreme Court, what comes next is usually standard: In-person meetings with senators, followed by an in-depth confirmation hearing, a committee vote and then a fight -- some more intense than others -- involving the full Senate.
Republicans stand their ground
He even told Garland as much in a phone call Wednesday, saying there's no need for the two to meet face-to-face.