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November 20, 2020

Judge Merrick Garland is reportedly under consideration to serve as attorney general in President-elect Joe Biden's administration.

Garland, the federal appeals court judge who was nominated by former President Barack Obama to serve on the Supreme Court, is one of the candidates Biden is considering for the attorney general position, NPR reported on Friday.

Obama in 2016 nominated Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left open after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, but Senate Republicans didn't hold a confirmation hearing for him, arguing that a new Supreme Court justice should not be seated during an election year. Senate Republicans later confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated by President Trump, to the Supreme Court during an election year in 2020, contending that the situation was different in the latter case because this time the same party controlled both the Senate and the presidency. Garland formerly served as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Among other possible contenders for the position of attorney general in Biden's administration include Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, according to CBS News. But CBS also reports that the question of who Biden will pick for this position "isn't likely to be answered for several weeks." Brendan Morrow

April 12, 2019

President Trump confirmed that he considered picking his daughter to be president of the World Bank.

Trump spoke with The Atlantic as part of a profile of his daughter published Friday, and he revealed that he "thought of Ivanka for the World Bank." In fact, he sounded slightly disappointed that he didn't end up going with her, explaining, "she would've been great at that because she's very good with numbers."

The Financial Times reported in January that Ivanka Trump was one of the candidates being considered for the position, an idea that was panned by those on the left. The White House said a few days later that she would not be a candidate for the position but would help select the president's nominee. Trump ended up nominating David Malpass, who was approved as World Bank president on April 5.

World Bank president isn't the only major job Trump has considered his daughter for, though. The Atlantic writes that Ivanka is "at the top of her father's mind" whenever an administration position opens up, and he considered picking her to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"She would've been great at the United Nations, as an example," Trump told The Atlantic, saying he only didn't nominate his daughter because "if I did, they'd say nepotism, when it would've had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would've been incredible." The president evidently thinks his daughter is suited to take over his job one day as well, saying, "If she ever wanted to run for president. I think she'd be very, very hard to beat." Brendan Morrow

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