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Blue Slips

Senator Leahy Must Throw Out the Blue Slips

Arisha Michelle Hatch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Arisha Michelle Hatch

Thanks to the misuse of blue slips by Republican obstructionists, a bevy of highly qualified Black nominees have been routinely denied confirmation hearings.

Jennifer Bendery

White House Gives Up On William Thomas, Gay Black Judicial Nominee Blocked By Marco Rubio

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has thrown in the towel in trying to confirm William Thomas to a federal court seat in Florida, signaling an end to a pu...

Jennifer Bendery

Patrick Leahy Threatens His Own Rules Change After GOP Blocks Hearing On Nominees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans still sore about filibuster reform dished out some payback on Wednesday by using procedural rules to prevent the Senate Judi...

Nuking Obstruction: This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Nan Aron | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Democrats needed to act, and they did. The threshold for ending debate is now a simple majority and not a super-majority. It was an astonishing and historic moment.