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Senate Republicans Gear Up To Block Cornelia Pillard, Another Key Obama Court Nominee

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans seem ready to block another of President Barack Obama's picks for one of the nation's top courts. It's the latest installment in a festering partisan battle over nominations that has Democrats threatening to change Senate rules.

Senators plan to vote Tuesday on Georgetown University law professor Cornelia Pillard. Obama wants her to fill one of three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

That court is one of the nation's most powerful. Its judges are split 4-4 between those appointed by Democratic and GOP presidents, and Republicans say Obama is trying to tilt the court his way.

Democrats say Republicans are playing politics. They say if Republicans keep doing that, they may try rewriting Senate rules to weaken the minority party's powers.

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