06/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

David Hamilton: Republicans Block Obama's First Judiciary Nominee

Republicans temporarily blocked Senate committee action on President Barack Obama's first judicial appointment, attacking the nominee for rulings based on separation of church and state.

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned the fitness of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana to be promoted to a federal appeals court in Chicago.

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