This morning, President Obama selected Merrick Garland as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

We’ll update through the day with local, regional and national reaction.

Here’s what we have so far:

“President Obama is doing his job and nominating Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Now it’s time for Senators to do our jobs. Senate Republicans have said they will refuse to even meet with this President’s nominee, much less hold a hearing and an up-or-down vote. But now we have an unquestionably qualified nominee who has earned support from both Republicans and Democrats in the past, so I expect my colleagues to put politics aside, do the job we were elected to do and give Judge Garland full and fair consideration. Anything less undermines our democracy.”

– U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

“President Obama has nominated a highly qualified jurist to serve on the nation’s highest tribunal. This nomination provides Republicans with an opportunity to set aside their political posturing, begin confirmation hearings and hold an up or down vote. U.S. Senator Rob Portman must endorse a fair confirmation process and show his allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and to voters – not party bosses.’’

– ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis

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