First Draft: Obama Will Travel to Chicago to Press Case for Merrick Garland

President Obama in Washington on Tuesday. He will travel to Chicago on Thursday to appear at the University of Chicago Law School.Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President Obama will return to his old professorial stamping grounds on Thursday to press his argument for the confirmation of Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court.

The president is to travel to Chicago to appear at the University of Chicago Law School, where he once taught constitutional law. He will no doubt use this particular presidential lecture before faculty and students to point out that both he and the Senate have defined constitutional roles to play when it comes to the court.

“This is an important constitutional responsibility that the president has fulfilled in terms of nominating somebody…

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