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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, left, walks with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in March at the Capitol in Washington. Schumer is expected to become the new Senate minority leader, but with Donald Trump's election as president, Garland's nomination is done. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Republicans' Senate Tactics Leave Trump Wide Sway Over Nation's Courts

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Eight out of nine chairs are seen at the Supreme Court, including one draped in black for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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If Clinton Wins, Republicans Suggest Shrinking Size of Supreme Court

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol last April. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Will The Supreme Court Nomination Fight Cost This Senator His Seat?

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Why President Obama Picked The 'Only White Guy' On His Shortlist

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"One of the most puzzling arguments that I've heard from [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and some other Republicans is this notion that the American people should decide" the next Supreme Court justice," Obama told NPR's Nina Totenberg Thursday. Nick Michael/NPR hide caption

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