President Obama interviews Diane Wood for Supreme Court
President Obama interviewed Judge Diane Wood of Illinois Tuesday for the pending US Supreme Court opening.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met on Tuesday with Diane Wood, a federal appeals court judge seen as one of the most liberal of the potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court, a source with knowledge of the conversations said on Wednesday.Skip to next paragraph
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With congressional elections ahead in November, Obama is expected to decide quickly on a nominee for the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens. The retiring justice is the leading liberal on the court.
Administration officials said Obama could announce his pick as soon as this week. He has been interviewing potential nominees from a short list in recent days.
Administration officials have confirmed that the four are on Obama's short list, which had included about 10 names, although they have declined to say how many are now on it.
Wood, who strongly supports abortion rights, may get a rough ride from Senate Republicans in a confirmation hearing. Analysts say Garland would attract the most support from Republicans of those on Obama's list.
The Democratic president's pick is not expected to shift the basic ideological balance of the closely divided court, which now has five conservative and four liberal justices.