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White House says it's chipping away at GOP resistance to considering Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland

White House says it's chipping away at GOP resistance to considering Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland

Never before has a Supreme Court nomination fight been won or lost in a photo op. But little about this Supreme Court nomination fight is ordinary.

And so the scene Tuesday of a Republican senator photographed alongside President Obama's court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, was a sign to the White House of forward progress — another yard toward the goal line the administration sees as entirely within reach.

"We should be doing our job," Republican Sen. Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois told reporters crammed into his Senate office during the congressional recess. "We need … a rational, adult, open-minded consideration of the constitutional...

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