The rumors have been confirmed – President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has been interviewing candidates to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and he plans on making a determination soon.
This CNN article says that President Obama is searching for a “consensus candidate” who would receive support from both Democrats and Republicans. He says that he will continue to challenge the Republicans if they refuse to hear any nominations.
Sources say that the top three candidates are Sri Srinivasan and Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit, and Paul Watford, who serves on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California. President Obama is expected to make an official announcement as early as this week.