Obama Judicial Appointments Barely Moving Because Of GOP Blocks

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael A. Fletcher Washington Post

President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal activists are beginning to blame his administration for moving too tentatively on what they consider a key priority.

During his first nine months in office, Obama has won confirmation in the Democratic-controlled Senate for just three of his 23 nominations for federal judgeships, largely because Republicans have used anonymous holds and filibuster threats to slow the proceedings to a crawl.

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