U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 17 March 2016

Panorama of the United States Supreme Court Building at Dusk

President Obama / Supreme Court Nomination

16 March 2016  Remarks by the President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his Nominee to the Supreme Court  THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Of the many powers and responsibilities that the Constitution vests in the presidency, few are more consequential than appointing a Supreme Court justice — particularly one to succeed Justice Scalia, one of the most influential jurists of our time.  The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court are the final arbiters of American law.  They safeguard our rights.  They ensure that our system is one of laws and not men.  They’re charged with the essential task of applying principles put to paper more than two centuries ago to some of the most challenging questions of our time.

Judge Garland with President Obama
Judge Garland with President Obama

16 March 2016 Background on Judge Merrick Garland  Throughout his career, Chief Judge Garland has shown a rare ability to bring people together and has earned the respect of everyone he has worked with. Chief Justice John Roberts, Garland’s colleague on the D.C. Circuit, once said that “anytime Judge Garland disagrees, you know you’re in a difficult area.” In 2010, as the Senate was beginning the process of confirming a successor to Justice John Paul Stevens, Senator Orrin Hatch said he saw Chief Judge Garland as “a consensus nominee” for the Supreme Court, adding “I have no doubts that Garland would get a lot of [Senate] votes.  And I will do my best to help him get them.”


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President Obama /Cuba-Americans

16 March 2016  President Obama meets with Cuban-American Leaders. He also reiterated that while in Havana, he will meet with the Cuban government, Cuban entrepreneurs, and Cuban independent civil society. He emphasized that improving the lives of the Cuban people is a central focus of our policy, including access to increased opportunity, connectivity, and our enduring support for human rights — including respect for the right to speak freely, peacefully assembly, and associate.


16 March 2016 Iraqi Forces Capture ISIL Fighters Blending In With Fleeing Villagers Iraqi security forces detained 149 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters last week as the terrorists tried to blend in with 35,000 civilians fleeing numerous small villages along the Euphrates River Valley, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.