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    More than 40 lawmakers signed onto a letter this week urging Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate Biden (mostly) builds on Trump's foreign policy Undoing Trump will take more than executive orders MORE, President Biden's nominee for attorney general, to make abolishing the death penalty a priority if he is confirmed. Rep. Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history Rep. Adriano Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19 ER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus MORE (D-N.Y.) said he and Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (D-Mass.), who already introduced legislation last year seeking to abolish the federal death penalty after the Trump administration announced it would...
    President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland will face a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a yet-to-be-determined date, but when the day comes he can expect to field questions related to the president's son, Hunter Biden. Federal prosecutors are investigating the younger Biden, who said in a statement that the probe was related to "tax affairs." Should he become attorney general, Garland would be overseeing the investigation and would have the power to shut it down. BIDEN NOMINATES JUDGE MERRICK GARLAND AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, NAMES OTHER KEY DOJ PICKS "Americans deserve to know that this investigation will not be hampered in any way by the change in administrations, and the attorney general nominee should make this point clear," a spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox News. "So yes, you can expect that Sen. Grassley will be asking about his role in this investigation." Grassley was the...
    Should the Senate confirm Merrick Garland as attorney general in the coming weeks, the judicial vacancy he leaves could set the stage for the next Supreme Court fight. Garland, whom President Biden tapped to lead the Justice Department following a Democratic Senate sweep in Georgia, currently serves on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. His departure will give Biden an opportunity to nominate a replacement to the court that has produced three sitting Supreme Court justices: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh. The late Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg also sat on the court. The person whom Biden picks will likely be in the running if the president has the opportunity to choose a replacement for the aging Justice Stephen Breyer, said Geoffrey Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago who served in the Obama administration. "A...
    President Biden has chosen Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for attorney general, as the new administration begins to take form. Garland's nomination comes nearly five years after President Barack Obama unsuccessfully nominated him to the Supreme Court. While Garland never received a hearing for the high court position, he will face a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in consideration of his nomination for the attorney general position. DEMS FRET ABOUT MERRICK GARLAND AG PICK, OPENING CIRCUIT COURT SPOT Here are five things to know about Garland: 1. Decades on the bench Garland has been serving on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for more than 20 years. He was first appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. He was the court's chief judge from 2013-2020. 2. Extensive Justice Department experience Despite his more recent history as a judge, Garland would not be new to the Justice Department if...
    President-elect Joe Biden announced Jan. 6 that he would be nominating D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to be his attorney general.
    With President-elect Joe Biden’s choice of Judge Merrick Garland as his new attorney general this week, the question arises: Will Garland carry out his responsibilities in a nonpartisan manner, or will he return the Justice Department to the days of the Obama-Biden administration — when, as I have argued, Eric Holder politicized the department more than almost any other prior attorney general? Given some of Biden’s choices for Garland’s subordinates, Garland may have a difficult time avoiding the renewed politicization of the Justice Department. Like recently resigned Attorney General William Barr, Garland has had a distinguished career. He is a former Justice Department lawyer and experienced federal prosecutor. He reached the highest point in his prosecutorial career when he was the principal associate deputy attorney general under Attorney General Janet Reno during President Bill Clinton’s administration. BIDEN NOMINATES JUDGE MERRICK GARLAND AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, NAMES OTHER KEY DOJ PICKS Garland...
    Joe Biden's selection of Judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general likely gives the president-elect the opportunity to begin reworking the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Garland, who received the nod from Biden on Wednesday, was previously nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked his nomination for nearly a year, paving the way for President Trump to fill the vacancy on the high court with Justice Neil Gorsuch. But now, by elevating Garland to the Justice Department, Biden has a shot at putting someone on a court that often acts as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, served on the D.C. circuit before ascending to the Supreme Court. So did the late Supreme Court Justices...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump declared nearly a year ago, "I am actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer," as he tried to assert control over Department of Justice decisions.The claim in February 2020, as Trump basked in his Senate acquittal on US House impeachment charges and prepared to fire people who had testified against him, offered just one episode of his enduring contempt for the norms of justice.Such transgressions, to be sure, were eclipsed this week by the riotous violence he instigated at the Capitol. Yet Thursday's televised tableau of President-elect Joe Biden presenting Judge Merrick Garland to be the next attorney general provided a remarkable contrast to the Trump way and demonstrated that a restorative agenda has begun. Biden assails different treatment of pro-Trump mob and Black Lives Matter protesters"You won't work for me," Biden said. "You are not the president's or the vice president's lawyer. Your loyalty is...
    More On: merrick garland Biden selects Merrick Garland for attorney general Biden reportedly picks Garland for attorney general Andrew Cuomo among contenders for Joe Biden’s AG: report Trump pushes back on RBG’s dying wish about SCOTUS appointment Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland is finally getting his day in the sun: President-elect Joe Biden has tapped him to be the next attorney general. It’s a sound choice that will also give Democrats some symbolic satisfaction after the GOP-run Senate refused to consider his nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. More important — and in a break with recent Democratic presidencies — he’s well-suited to keep partisan politics out of Justice Department decision-making. Garland served at Justice under two presidents, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, prosecuting the high-profile cases against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombings and Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski....
    More On: joe biden Pence will attend Biden’s inauguration, report says Biden calls Capitol siege an ‘assault on our democracy’ Biden reportedly picks Boston mayor to head Labor Department Lawmakers nearly get in fistfight amid House vote on Biden’s Electoral College win ​President-elect Joe Biden formally introduced Judge Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general and announced other top appointments to the Justice Department on Thursday as he fills in the remaining Cabinet positions less than two weeks before he assumes the presidency. Biden, at a news conference in Wilmington, Del., said that Garland would “restore the honor, integrity and independence of the Department of Justice.” “You won’t work for me. You not are not the president or vice president’s lawyer. Your loyalty is not to me – it’s to the law, the Constitution, the people of this nation to guarantee justice,” he said in introducing Garland, who worked...
    VIDEO2:2402:24Biden nominates Judge Merrick Garland for AGPower Lunch President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday introduced federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland and other leading prosecutors as key members of his incoming Justice Department. Garland, whom Biden nominated as his attorney general, would helm a team of legal experts with deep experience in and around the Justice Department and significant experience in civil rights law. But in the wake of the pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Biden began his speech on Thursday by reiterating whom his nominees will serve. "We need to restore the honor, the integrity, the independence of the DOJ of this nation that has been so badly damaged," Biden said. "I want to be clear to those who lead this department who you will serve: You won't work for me. You are not the president's or the vice president's lawyer. Your loyalty is not to me," he...
    Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandLindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC Biden to name Merrick Garland for attorney general MORE, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Here's how newspaper front pages across the world looked after mobs stormed the Capitol MORE's pick for attorney general, pledged to fight violent U.S. extremism on Thursday, the day after a violent mob of Trump supporters overran the Capitol. Garland, a federal appeals court judge whom former President Obama had tried to install on the Supreme Court, made his first address since Biden announced his selection on Wednesday shortly before the riot on Capitol Hill. He spoke of the Justice Department's creation in 1870 during Reconstruction, as the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists sought to undermine through...
    Wednesday's attack on Congress demonstrated the importance of the rule of law, according to Merrick Garland, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Justice as attorney general. "As everyone who watched yesterday's events in Washington now understands, if they did not understand before, the rule of law is not just a turn of phrase. It is the very foundation of our democracy," Garland said on Thursday. Garland offered veiled criticism of President Trump as he defined the legal concept, one day after Trump's supporters swarmed the Capitol building. Their actions delayed the congressional certification of the 2020 election, and a woman was killed during the unrest. "These principles, the enduring rule of law and making the promise of equal justice under law real, are the great principles upon which DOJ was founded," he said. Earlier on Thursday, Biden confirmed reports that he had settled on former President Barack...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS/AP) — President-elect Joe Biden introduced Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday, turning to an experienced judge to help de-politicize the Justice Department and restore the rule of law after what he described as four years of lawlessness under President Donald Trump. Biden also described the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as “domestic terrorists” and assailed the Republican president for inciting the siege. “The past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done,” Biden declared, vowing a dramatic change of course in his administration. “More than anything, we need to restore the honor, the integrity, the independence of the Department of Justice that’s been so badly damaged.” If confirmed by the Senate, which is likely, Garland would take over as the nation’s top law...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden introduced Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday, turning to an experienced judge to help de-politicize the Justice Department and restore the rule of law after what he described as four years of lawlessness under President Donald Trump.Biden also described the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as "domestic terrorists" and assailed the Republican president for inciting the siege."The past four years we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done," Biden declared, vowing a dramatic change of course in his administration. "More than anything, we need to restore the honor, the integrity, the independence of the Department of Justice that's been so badly damaged."If confirmed by the Senate, which is likely, Garland would take over as the nation's top law enforcement official at a critical...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden will introduce Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday along with three others he has selected for senior Justice Department positions to "restore the independence" of the agency and faith in the rule of law.In picking Garland, a federal appeals judge, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.Garland's nomination will force Senate Republicans to contend with someone they spurned four years ago - refusing even to hold hearings when President Barack Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court.Biden is banking on Garland's credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure his confirmation. His confirmation prospects were solidified as Democrats on Wednesday scored control of the Senate majority by winning both Georgia Senate seats.Garland and the three others Biden has picked...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Here's how newspaper front pages across the world looked after mobs stormed the Capitol MORE called the violence and rioting on U.S. Capitol Wednesday a "culmination" of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Third House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 this week MORE's attacks on Democratic institutions. "I wish we could say we couldn't see it coming, but that isn't true," Biden said, speaking on Thursday from Wilmington, Del. "The past four years we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done."  "He unleashed an all-out assault on [the] institutions of our democracy from the outset and yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack," he...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden will introduce Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday along with three others he has selected for senior Justice Department positions to "restore the independence" of the agency and faith in the rule of law.In picking Garland, a federal appeals judge, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.Garland's nomination will force Senate Republicans to contend with someone they spurned four years ago - refusing even to hold hearings when President Barack Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court.Biden is banking on Garland's credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure his confirmation. His confirmation prospects were solidified as Democrats on Wednesday scored control of the Senate majority by winning both Georgia Senate seats.Garland and the three others Biden has picked...
    (CNN)Judge Merrick Garland will finally get his just deserts. A man who waited in the hallways of Congress for the dignity of a hearing, only to receive the indignity of a dream deferred. A man who watched not one, but three Supreme Court nominees receive the political courtesies he was blatantly and boldly denied before they were ultimately confirmed. Indeed, the most recent Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett, was the beneficiary of the very hypocrisy spewed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he expedited, let alone entertained, a Supreme Court nomination during an election year -- a suggestion he found politically despicable when President Barack Obama was in office. JUST WATCHEDWhat happens to SCOTUS vacancy in election year? ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhat happens to SCOTUS vacancy in election year? 07:03A man who now stands poised to be the next Attorney General of the United States, and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will introduce Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday along with three others he has selected for senior Justice Department positions to “restore the independence” of the agency and faith in the rule of law. In picking Garland, a federal appeal judge, is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Garland’s nomination will force Senate Republicans to contend with someone they spurned four years ago — refusing even to hold hearings when President Barack Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court. Biden is banking on Garland’s credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure his confirmation. Garland and three others Biden has picked for Justice Department leadership posts are being introduced at an event Thursday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware. They...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will introduce federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general and other key justice nominees at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday afternoon, according to his transition team. To serve under Garland at the Justice Department, Biden has chosen Lisa Monaco, who served as assistant attorney general for national security in the Obama administration, as his nominee for deputy attorney general. The President-elect has also selected Vanita Gupta, a former acting assistant attorney general in the Obama administration, as his nominee for associate attorney general, and Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as his nominee for assistant attorney general for the civil rights division.Biden Transition Congress completes electoral count, finalizing Biden's win after violent delay from pro-Trump mob Biden says US democracy under 'unprecedented assault' and calls on Trump to 'demand...
    Washington — President-elect Joe Biden will announce Thursday he has selected Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for attorney general. Garland serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was nominated by former President Barack Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court in 2016. But his nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans who argued the American people should have a say in selecting the president who fills the vacancy. How to watch Joe Biden's announcement today What: President-elect Joe Biden introduces nominees for the Justice Department Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 Time: 1:30 p.m. ET Location: Wilmington, Delaware Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device In addition to serving on the D.C. Circuit, where he was its chief judge until February 2020, Garland is a veteran...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday formally announced he will nominate Judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general, as well as other key nominations to the Justice Department. Sources told Fox News on Wednesday that Biden intended to nominate Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to lead the Justice Department. BIDEN TO NOMINATE MERRICK GARLAND AS ATTORNEY GENERAL: SOURCES "Our first-rate nominees to lead the Justice Department are eminently qualified, embody character and judgment that is beyond reproach, and have devoted their careers to serving the American people with honor and integrity," Biden said in a statement Thursday morning. "They will restore the independence of the Department so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency, rebuild public trust in the rule of law, and work tirelessly to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system." Biden added: "They are among...
            by Chuck Ross  Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general, according to Politico. Biden’s decision comes after Democrats appear in striking distance of taking control of the Senate following runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday. Raphael Warnock is projected to defeat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is currently leading David Perdue, a Republican incumbent who holds the other seat in Georgia. Biden had reportedly been considering Garland, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug Jones to serve as attorney general. Yates was seen as a controversial pick due to the circumstances of her departure from the Trump administration in January 2017, as well as her role in approving a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page as part of the Russia probe. Politico cited two people familiar...
    Offering an olive branch to Republicans, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Merrick Garland, the centrist federal judge whom Republicans thwarted as Barack Obama’s 2016 Supreme Court pick, for attorney general. The surprise choice of Garland reflects what the Biden team believes a post-Trump America needs at the Justice Department: a consensus-minded institutionalist, to reverse the damage done to the department by Trump loyalist Bill Barr. “Merrick is just what the department needs right now,” said a source who knows Garland. The source compared Garland to Edward Levi, Gerald Ford’s choice for attorney general in the wake of Watergate. But that perspective clashes with an alternative viewpoint from progressives about the needs of justice in 2021, not least because Garland will be unlikely to prosecute Donald Trump when his presidency—and legal immunity—ends. Shortly before Garland’s announcement, Trump incited a riot at the Capitol, where thousands of his supporters fought with...
    FORMER Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has been married to his wife Lynn since 1987. The couple married at the Harvard Club in New York, as the New York Times reported. 5Judge Merrick Garland was a Supreme Court nominee during Barack Obama's presidencyCredit: AFP or licensors Who is Merrick Garland’s wife Lynn? Lynn Rosenman Garland, 59, is the wife of US Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Merrick Garland.  She is the granddaughter of Samuel Irving Rosenman, who served as a justice on the New York Supreme Court. Rosenman also worked as special counsel to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. 5Lynn Rosenman Garland is the granddaughter of Samuel Irving Rosenman, who served as a justice on the New York Supreme CourtCredit: AFP - Getty Lynn went on to attend Harvard University and then to Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management to earn a Master of Science in...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGeorgia Senate races shatter spending records The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Georgia election day is finally here; Trump hopes Pence 'comes through for us' to overturn results Trump's power wanes in closing weeks MORE (R-S.C.), who in 2016 supported a decision to block D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden expected to name remaining Cabinet nominees in 2021 Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Biden says no 'obvious choice' for attorney general MORE from getting a hearing to serve on the Supreme Court, on Wednesday praised him as a “sound choice” to serve as the next attorney general. “If media reports are accurate, I believe Judge Garland would be a sound choice to be the next Attorney General. He is a man of great character, integrity, and tremendous competency in the law,” Graham...
    President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected Judge Merrick Garland to serve as his attorney general, according to multiple reports, including Politico and the Associated Press. Garland, who currently serves as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, gained notoriety in 2016 when former President Barack Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a move which failed to receive a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate at the time. Others who were rumored to be considered for the position include former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates. The reports on Garlands’ pick come a day after the tight Georgia runoff elections which are expected to be Democrat victories. According to reports, Biden is expected to officially announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday. In addition, Biden will also...
    Biden and Garland at the announcement of his last nomination, to the Supreme Court. Politico and the Associated Press are reporting that President-elect Joe Biden will name Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. as Attorney General. Garland was former President Barack Obama's foiled nominee for the Supreme Court, the nomination that Mitch McConnell used to break the Senate in pieces by blockading it. AP sources say that Biden is expected make the official announcement on Thursday. Garland served in senior positions in the Justice Department under former President Bill Clinton, and supervised the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and prosecution of Timothy McVeigh as well as leading the investigations of the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta and the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. So his experience with combatting domestic terrorists is good. Biden is expected to round out leadership in Justice, AP reports, with "former homeland security...
    By Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The pick will force Senate Republicans to contend with the nomination of someone they spurned in 2016 — refusing even to hold hearings when a Supreme Court vacancy arose — but Biden may be banking on Garland’s credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure confirmation. Biden is expected to announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser...
    President-elect Joe Biden will select Judge Merrick Garland as his attorney general nominee, according to a report on Wednesday. ​​ Biden is picking Garland over former Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, who were also considered front-runners for the post, Politico reported .​​ G​arland was nominated by former President Barack Obama in March 2016 as his choice to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court following Antonin Scalia’s death.​ But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow his nomination to be considered. 
    Garland was selected over other finalists including Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The pick will force Senate Republicans to contend with the nomination of someone they spurned in 2016 — refusing even to hold hearings when a Supreme Court vacancy arose — but Biden may be banking on Garland's credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure confirmation. Biden is expected to announce...
    President-elect Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general, according to Politico. Biden’s decision comes after Democrats appear in striking distance of taking control of the Senate following runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday. Raphael Warnock is projected to defeat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is currently leading David Perdue, a Republican incumbent who holds the other seat in Georgia. Biden had reportedly been considering Garland, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug Jones to serve as attorney general. Yates was seen as a controversial pick due to the circumstances of her departure from the Trump administration in January 2017, as well as her role in approving a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page as part of the Russia probe. Politico cited two people familiar with Biden’s decision in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The pick will force Senate Republicans to contend with the nomination of someone they spurned in 2016 — refusing even to hold hearings when a Supreme Court vacancy arose — but Biden may be banking on Garland’s credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure confirmation. Biden is expected to announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former...
    WASHINGTON (AP/CBS) — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Chicago native Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The pick will force Senate Republicans to contend with the nomination of someone they spurned in 2016 — refusing even to hold hearings when a Supreme Court vacancy arose — but Biden may be banking on Garland’s credentials and reputation for moderation to ensure confirmation. Biden is expected to announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general...
    President-elect Joe Biden selected Judge Merrick Garland to lead the Justice Department as his attorney general. An announcement has not yet been made, but multiple news outlets, including the Associated Press, reported that Biden had made the decision. Garland, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit who was former President Barack Obama's ill-fated 2016 nominee for the Supreme Court, now faces yet another confirmation process in the Senate, which appears will be controlled by the Democratic Party. Biden’s new pick will take over amid calls from some Democrats for President Trump to be investigated after he leaves office, as U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation into the Trump-Russia investigators has not concluded, with the Trump administration, including the Justice Department, ramping up pressure on China, as now-former Attorney General William Barr scheduled federal executions during the transition period while Biden promises...
    Loading the player... President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday. Biden is expected to announce Garland’s appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general. Read More: Congress set to confirm Biden’s electoral win over Trump In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The pick will force Senate Republicans to contend with the nomination of someone they spurned in 2016 — refusing even to hold...
    (CNN) — El presidente electo Joe Biden ha decidido postular al juez Merrick Garland como secretario de Justicia, dijeron a CNN personas familiarizadas con el asunto, una decisión largamente esperada que avanzó este miércoles cuando se hizo evidente que los demócratas estaban a punto de ganar el control del Senado. Se espera que el anuncio del secretario de Justicia, junto con otros altos líderes del Departamento de Justicia, se haga tan pronto como el jueves, cuando Biden se acerque a llenar los escaños restantes en su gabinete antes de asumir el poder el 20 de enero. MIRA: Obama: Garlan es una de las mejores mentes legales Si bien Merrick Garland ha sido uno de los principales contendientes durante semanas, las preocupaciones sobre la vacante que crearía su selección en la Corte de Apelaciones de Estados Unidos para el Distrito de Columbia hicieron sonar las alarmas entre Biden y muchos asesores que...
    Judge Merrick B. Garland speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington.Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden will name federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to be his attorney general, two people familiar with the matter told CNBC. Former President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court but his nomination was blocked by the Republican Senate, which refused to even hold hearings for the judge. Garland, a widely respected lawyer, has served as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2013. The 68-year-old appointee of former President Bill Clinton is considered a centrist, though he has often ruled conservatively in criminal cases. Garland will face pressure from liberals to prosecute President Donald Trump after Biden takes office on Jan. 20. Biden has said he will leave such decisions to the Department of...
    President-elect Joe Biden's pick for attorney general will be Judge Merrick Garland, three Democratic sources confirmed to Fox News. Garland serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. President Obama nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, but Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE has selected Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden expected to name remaining Cabinet nominees in 2021 Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Biden says no 'obvious choice' for attorney general MORE, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a former Supreme Court nominee, as U.S. attorney general, according to a person familiar with the decision. Garland beat out other candidates on the shortlist including former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Al.) and onetime deputy attorney general Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesGeorgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Biden says...
    President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general, multiple people familiar with the decision tell CBS News. Garland currently serves as chief judge on United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, considered to be the second-highest federal court in the country. Garland, 68, was nominated by former President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but he was blocked from consideration by Republican senators. Garland is also a veteran of the Justice Department, most notably overseeing the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber and Ted Kaczynski, better known as the "Unabomber." One person familiar with the choice said that the results of Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia changed the dynamics of Mr. Biden's choice. "Last night changed a lot," this person said. Garland was chosen over other notable candidates, including...
    WASHINGTON D.C. -- President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday.Biden is expected to announce Garland's appointment on Thursday, along with other senior leaders of the department, including former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general.In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.The pick will force Senate Republicans to contend with the nomination of someone they spurned in 2016, refusing even to hold hearings when a Supreme Court vacancy arose, but Biden may be banking on Garland's credentials and...
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, for Attorney General, according to a report by CNN. CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reported the information, with Biden’s final decision to pick Garland to head the Department of Justice coming after a Democratic victory in the Georgia Senate runoffs seemed all but certain, flipping control back to the Democrats — and therefore paving an easier path forward for Biden’s nominees. Garland was previously nominated by former President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold hearings on the nomination until after the election, and President Donald Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court instead. This is a breaking news story...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE has selected Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden expected to name remaining Cabinet nominees in 2021 Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Biden says no 'obvious choice' for attorney general MORE, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a former Supreme Court nominee, as U.S. attorney general, according to multiple reports. Garland reportedly beat out other candidates on the shortlist including former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Al.) and onetime deputy attorney general Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesGeorgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Biden says he has...
    OBAMA's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland who was blocked by GOP has been selected as Joe Biden's attorney general. Politico reported the news on Wednesday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision. 1Credit: AP:Associated Press Most read in NewsBreakingCAPITOL THREAT'Suspicious package' near pro-Trump DC rally as cops warn 'AVOID THIS AREA'BreakingON NOTICEDon Jr warns GOPers 'this isn’t their party anymore' and 'we’re coming for you'ALL OUT WARRudy threatens 'trial by COMBAT' in Congress & says Pence can reject Biden winJEALOUS RAGEWoman ‘killed & dismembered by ex-boyfriend’ after posting bikini pics onlineLAST STANDRepublicans in fight to overturn Biden win TODAY as Trump urges extreme courage'TERROR THREAT'Trump demands Antifa is declared a foreign TERROR group in plan to stop it More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of Merrick Garland, Supreme Court nominee and former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.PersonalBirth date: November 13, 1952 Birth place: Chicago, IllinoisBirth name: Merrick Brian GarlandRead MoreFather: Cyril Garland, founder of an advertising agencyMother: Shirley (Horwitz) Garland, community volunteerMarriage: Lynn (Rosenman) Garland (1987-present)Children: Jessica, 1992; Rebecca, 1990Education: Harvard University, A.B., 1974, graduated summa cum laude; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977, graduated magna cum laudeReligion: JewishOther FactsGarland supervised the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and oversaw the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh. He also led the investigations of the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta and the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.He paid for law school by working in a shoe store, selling his comic books and tutoring undergraduates.He was a candidate for the Supreme Court twice before President Barack Obama nominated him, considered for seats ultimately filled by Elena Kagan...
    President-elect Joe Biden is quickly learning he can't please all the Democrats to his political left with his choice for attorney general. Strategic leaks from his transition team indicate he's winnowed his field of candidates down to two options: outgoing Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones and Barack Obama's thwarted Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Yet with this summer's racial unrest at risk of flaring up again, liberal Democrats, particularly black liberal Democrats, are pushing Biden to pick someone who will champion criminal justice reform within the Department of Justice. And they don't seem to think Garland is their man. Garland, 68, was Obama's nominee to succeed conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after Scalia's death in 2016. Obama selected Garland, in part, because his judicial record was palatable to some Senate Republicans. Then-Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch once even called him a "consensus nominee," with Garland erring more conservative in his...
    Democrats on Wednesday and early Thursday expressed concern over the fact President-elect Joe Biden's list for possible nominees for attorney general includes Merrick Garland, a judge on the highly consequential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Garland is a widely respected judge who was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama in 2016 before the presidential election, though the Senate refused to take up his nomination. His qualifications for attorney general were lauded by those on the left, but some worried it would not be smart to create a vacancy on the critical D.C. Circuit with a strong chance the Republicans will be able to continue to be the majority in the Senate. The other person on the attorney general shortlist seen as a leading choice is Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala. CONFIRMATION OF BARRETT REPLACEMENT ADDS TO TRUMP'S RECORD ON JUDGES "Doug Jones. For the love of all that's good,...
    President-elect Joe Biden is considering Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland for the Attorney General position under his administration, according to a new report.  Sources told NPR that Garland, 68, is among the names that Biden is considering for the position, which is currently held by William Barr.  Garland was the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until his seven-year term ended in February 2020 and continues to be a circuit judge, a position he has held since 1997.  A new report says that Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland (center with Joe Biden, left, and Barack Obama, right) is on President-elect Biden's short list for Attorney General RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trump 'wants to end birthright citizenship before he leaves... Donald Trump returns to the White House briefing room... Share this article Share...
    Judge Merrick Garland is a candidate to become attorney general for President-elect Joe Biden next year, NPR reported Friday.  He currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where he served as chief judge from February 2013 to February 2020.  Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama in March 2016, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not allow a confirmation hearing.  BIDEN TAPS FACEBOOK EXEC FOR WHITE HOUSE ROLE AS BIG TECH INFILTRATES TRANSITION After President Trump was elected later that year, three of his own nominees were confirmed to the high court, creating a 6-3 conservative majority.  Garland served as principal associate deputy attorney general from 1994-1997, where he supervised the high-profile prosecutions of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.  Other names on Biden's shortlist for attorney general include former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, Alabama Sen....
    President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly considering federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general under his administration. The former vice president is said to have a short list of department veterans that he’s eyeing for AG, including former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former civil rights chief Deval Patrick and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, according to NPR.  As theGrio previously reported, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart, in February 2016, then-President Barack Obama  nominated Judge Garland for the seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, though, blocked him from being considered. Read More: Biden adds Obama administration veterans to top staff GOP leaders under the Obama administration refused to consider Garland’s nomination because it was close to the presidential Election. Fast forward to 2020, and McConnell defended himself against allegations of hypocrisy for holding a vote on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement during an election year. McConnell...
    Federal appeals court Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDefusing the judicial confirmation process Conservative justices help save ObamaCare — for now Pelosi: Amy Coney Barrett 'an illegitimate Supreme Court justice' MORE is among the names President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' House committee chairs demand briefing from GSA head on presidential transition MORE is considering to serve as attorney general in his administration, two people closely following the process told NPR.  Garland was thrust into the spotlight in 2016 after he was nominated by former President Obama to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans never held a confirmation hearing for Garland.   Garland was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
    He helped block Merrick Garland and dozens of other judicial nominees. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) complained on Thursday that partisanship has taken over the judicial confirmation process — just four years after helping to block former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland from even getting a vote. "Now we find ourselves in a situation where qualifications no longer matter. It is about holding open seats to have them filled after the next election," Graham charged as the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs rammed through a Supreme Court nominee without a single Democratic vote. "We have lost sight that the individuals nominated matter. I think they do matter."
    He helped block Merrick Garland and dozens of other judicial nominees. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) complained on Thursday that partisanship has taken over the judicial confirmation process — just four years after helping to block former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland from even getting a vote. "Now we find ourselves in a situation where qualifications no longer matter. It is about holding open seats to have them filled after the next election," Graham charged as the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs rammed through a Supreme Court nominee without a single Democratic vote. "We have lost sight that the individuals nominated matter. I think they do matter."
    CLAIM: Amy Coney Barrett “laid out the case for blocking” Judge Merrick Garland’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in 2016. VERDICT: FALSE. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) misquoted Barrett — and she fact-checked him on the spot. Sen. Leahy claimed during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday: “You laid out the case for blocking President [Barack] Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, for ten months during an election year.” Barrett corrected him. Senator Leahy, I want to be very clear. I think that’s not quite what I said in the interview. It was an interview that I gave shortly after Justice Scalia’s death, and at that time both side of the aisle were arguing that precedent supported their decision. And I said while I had not done the research myself, my understanding of the statistics was that neither side could claim...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday debated with several colleagues during a break in Monday’s Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, taking issue with them wondering how the process has suddenly become so political. Immediately after the network brought the Fox News Sunday moderator onto their special coverage panel, Wallace noted he wanted to respond to both constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy, a former Republican congressman. “Congressman Gowdy suggested ‘How did we get from almost unanimous votes for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a unanimous vote for Antonin Scalia to the hyper-partisan situation we’re in now?’” Wallace declared. “There is not one step. You have to look back at 2016 when Antonin Scalia died suddenly and, with I think, 269 days to go President Obama named Merrick Garland as his nominee to the court.” “In an exercise of pure...
    Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and CNN anchor Jake Tapper debated the differences between Supreme Court nominees Amy Coney Barrett and Merrick Garland during a Sunday morning “State of the Union” interview. The segment began with Tapper playing a clip of Cotton appealing to the concept of giving voters “a chance to weigh in on the makeup of the Supreme Court” in 2016. “So that clip from the Senate floor in March 2016 was eight months before the 2016 election,” Tapper said. “Right now we’re five weeks out from the election. Why was it so important back then to let the voters have a chance to weigh in on the makeup of the Supreme Court, but today it’s not?” WATCH: “Yeah, Jake, it’s not so much about the timing but how the voters had spoken,” Cotton responded. “They had delivered a split decision to the president and the Senate...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted its impossible to argue that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “owed” a confirmation vote to the Supreme Court, just as Merrick Garland was owed back in 2016. Pelosi joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to react to President Donald Trump officially nominating Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg in light of the justice’s passing. The interview began with Pelosi deflecting questions about Barrett’s qualifications for the bench. Instead, Pelosi blasted Barrett as part of Trump’s agenda to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, plus she ripped the president for rushing the nomination through on the verge of the 2020 election. “This is unfortunate that the president would be so disrespectful and rush into this. But, nonetheless, it’s what it is,” Pelosi said. From there, Tapper brought up the comparisons that have been made between Ginsburg’s passing and the...
    Fox News host Chris Wallace accused Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) of hypocrisy on Sunday after he vowed to push forward with a vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an election year. “Why the rush to judgement?” Wallace asked Cotton after the senator promised a swift vote on President Donald Trump’s eventual nominee. “We’re not going to rush,” Cotton insisted. “We not going to skip steps. We’re going to move forward without delay.” Wallace reminded Cotton that President Barack Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016. “Senate Republicans blocked the choice of Garland,” Wallace noted before playing a clip of Cotton defending the move at the time. In the clip, Cotton notes that the country will have a new president “in a few short months.” “Why would we cut off the national debate about this next justice?” Cotton says...
    (CNN)The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than two months from the presidential election has forced a reexamination of Republicans' 11-month blockade of Merrick Garland in 2016.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Friday night statement that President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get a vote in the Senate. Doing so would be a complete reversal of his position in 2016, when the GOP-led Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote on then-President Barack Obama's nominee, saying it was too close to the election. McConnell digs inJustice Antonin Scalia, who had been a conservative stalwart on the Supreme Court since being nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986, died on February 13, 2016. Within hours -- as other senators were offering condolences to Scalia's family -- McConnell issued a stunning, categorical rejection of Obama's authority more than 11 months before the Democrat's replacement...
    Some say yes, others say no. That’s where things stand on whether Senate Republicans would move quickly to replace a Supreme Court justice should a vacancy suddenly arise before the November election. “Oh, we’d fill it,” Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said last year. Asked again in February, McConnell said, “If you’re asking me a hypothetical … we would fill it.” But Republicans in the chamber refused to allow a nominee to move forward in 2016 after the death of the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell. Then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blocked Merrick Garland, whom President Obama nominated in March, saying it was too close to the election. That’s why another Republican would oppose the move. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) says it would be a “double standard” for Republicans to push a replacement should a vacancy come up. “When Republicans held off Merrick Garland...
    Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts its Virtual Mock Trial. (Courtesy Shakespeare Theatre Company) toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews Shakespeare Theatre's 'Virtual Mock Trial' It has become a biannual event in the nation’s capital since its inception back in 1994. This month, Shakespeare Theatre will present a special “Virtual Mock Trial” on June 22. “It’s always based on a fictional character from one of the plays that we’ve produced,” artistic director Simon Godwin told WTOP. “I arrived in the fall to take over for Michael Kahn and saw my first event earlier this year. It was extraordinary, funny, clever, brilliant.” While the last Mock Trial involved “Peter Pan,” this time they’ll argue a case from “A Midsummer Night’s Force Majeure,” a re-imagining of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “You’ll remember in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ there is a group of mechanicals rehearsing a play based...
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