Tim handles the show solo this week, but the ragtag gang of the usual suspects shall return next week as we’ll tackle the latest news in depth and bring part 4 of our Ghosts of Nominations Past series. This week No hearing? How about a forum? Merrick Garland was the topic du jour at a Wednesday forum attended exclusively by Democrats, and the praise for the judge was universal. Read more at Politico. Meanwhile the House Dems are promising to hold the summer hostage if the Senate doesn’t act on Judge Garland’s nomination. And because this podcast apparently can’t quit Donald Trump… he released a list of SCOTUS nominees he says he’ll pick from, should he be elected president. The names are notable as being a “dream list” according to some of conservative judges. We’ll talk more about this list next episode, but it’s similar to the list Lena spoke about in episode 02, notably including Diane Sykes, William Pryor and self-proclaimed Tweeter Laureate of Texas (and worth the follow) Don Willett. “Some people say maybe I’ll appoint a liberal judge. I’m not appointing a liberal judge.” – Donald Trump http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-releases-list-potential-supreme-court-nominees-n576271 http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-unveils-list-11-potential-supreme-court-justices-39203784 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-releases-list-of-11-possible-supreme-court-nominees/ http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/18/politics/donald-trump-supreme-court-nominees/index.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/don-willett-trump-twitter_us_573cb6bbe4b0646cbeebd2d5?section=politics Insta-reactions from “warmly received” by Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network. John Malcolm, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage foundation who compiled and published the foundation’s list of eight potential Supreme Court nominees in March, called Trump’s selections “excellent.” AFJAC: Taken together, the records of these potential Trump nominees reflect a radical-right ideology that threatens fundamental rights, and that favors the powerful over everyone else, especially people from historically marginalized communities. Read the release and the report.