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Playing Politics With the Supreme Court Over Obamacare

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Michael Carvin, the lead attorney in this round of attacks on the ACA, apparently expects the Supreme Court to play along with him. But he might have trouble convincing the justices to join his game.

Christina Wilkie

Angry Lobbyists Get Their Way In Court | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's ban on registered lobbyists serving on government advisory panels suffered a blow Friday, when a federal appeal...

The Filibuster and Unwritten Laws: Who's an Oxymoron?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Democrats aren't innocent victims. They abused the filibuster too. And Republicans like John McCain used to have enough clout to tamp down the excesses. No more. We're headed to democracy by gladiator, where we all watch to see who gets killed and who gets to fight another day.

The Vote That Will Change America

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Our federal government was designed as a republic. Within this system, and over time, elections were to have consequences and enlightened public opinion was to govern. Extra-constitutional appendages like the filibuster, abused by minority parties, have moved us away from that vision. Instead, our government is in perpetual gridlock, and the American people have lost faith in their government to even function properly. Even after this rules change, one of our parties must still win the House, the Senate, and the presidency before radically changing our country. That's no small feat. It will often require victories over the course of several elections. That's probably as it should be. Change ought to be possible, but only when one of our parties really earns it. The filibuster gave a small minority in the Senate outsized power to stifle the will of the people.

Jennifer Bendery

AGs Reject Chuck Grassley Effort To Shrink D.C. Circuit Court | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A dozen state attorneys general are urging the Senate to reject an effort by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to strip the D.C. Circuit Cour...

They Tried to Break the Federal Government. Now They're Going After the Courts.

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The same party that shut down the government in an attempt to nullify a duly-enacted law that it does not like is now trying to prevent a twice-elected president from filling vacancies on an important court -- a duty entrusted to him by the Constitution.

Senate Republicans Block Obama Nominee

Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked another of President Barack Obama's picks for one of the nation's top...

Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It is ironic that the trade deals that have ravaged jobs for millions of Americans likely met the original test as treaties, given their long range implications and participation of numerous foreign governments, yet if they are fast tracked they cannot be amended and are adopted by majority vote.

Senate Republicans Opposed to D.C. Circuit Court Nominees: Screaming Through Their Hats

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

From the time the president announced his nominations to the Court back in June, Republicans have kept up a steady stream of misinformation about the need to fill the court.

Confirm Nina Pillard

Sen. Mazie Hirono | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sen. Mazie Hirono

Only five women have served as judges on the D.C. Circuit Court in its entire 120-year history. With the D.C. Circuit widely considered to be one of the most important courts in our nation, it's not only troubling but shameful to see female perspectives so underrepresented.

GOP's Double Standard on Judges: Rape Jokes OK. Women's Equality a Deal-Breaker

Drew Courtney | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Drew Courtney

Today, when not a single Republican senator supported the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the GOP sent a very clear message: If you're a woman who has pushed for women to be treated equally, you're unfit for the federal bench.

Jennifer Bendery

Patricia Millett, Key Obama Judicial Nominee, Clears Senate Judiciary Committee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was handed a win Thursday when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Patricia Millett to serve on the U...

Republicans Signal Opposition To Obama Picks

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just a week after the Senate hashed out a compromise for approving seven of President Barack Obama's nominees to run government departme...

DC Circuit Reviews Conservative Judge Misconduct Complaint

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A council of federal judges in Washington will look into a misconduct complaint against a conservative judge who is alleged to have...

A 'Pack' of Nonsense

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The claim from the right is that President Obama is attempting to use these appointments to advance his policy agenda. This gets it exactly backwards. It is conservatives who have, successfully, used appointments to the D.C. Circuit to advance their policy agenda in recent years.

Talking Through Their Hats: Senate Republicans Opposed to President Obama's D.C. Circuit Court Nominees

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

It's so absurd that I can't imagine even the Republicans believe it. The obvious reason that the GOP opposes the nominations is that filling these long-vacant seats will mean that more judges on the court will have been appointed by Democratic presidents than Republican ones.

Obama To Name Key Judicial Nominees

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to jointly name three nominees to the federal appeals court in Washington, a White House official said...

Partisan Showdown Begins Over Obama Picks

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A partisan showdown is looming over what is known as the nation's second-highest court, with President Barack Obama poised to nominate a...

Obama Judicial Picks Approved By Senate

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved three of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, including one for an influ...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Judicial Nominee Earns Backing From Key Republican Senator | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sri Srinivasan, the principal deputy solicitor general of the United States, received a boost in his nomination to the prestigious U.S. ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Successfully Defeats Obama's Judicial Nominee | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House officially withdrew President Barack Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal...

Why the Voting Rights Act Matters

Laughlin McDonald | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Laughlin McDonald

The Voting Rights Act remains an indispensable tool in our fight to preserve the right to vote; this law brings us one step closer to our dream of achieving our ideal of true egalitarian citizenship. It must be preserved.

The President's Agenda Faces Peril in the Courts

Jamin Raskin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

The most ardent desire of conservative judges is to defeat progressive legislation and progressive enforcement of the laws, and the recent decision of...

Courts (Should Not) Consider Recess Appointment Challenges: Posner Explains Political Questions

Victor Williams | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Victor Williams

Just as would their presidential nominee, the GOP congressional obstructionists badly underestimated the political instinct and constitutional courage of President Barack Obama.

Hamdan 2, USA 0

Gavin Magrath | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Gavin Magrath

The United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit released its decision Tuesday in the case of Hamdan v. United States, overturning Hamdan's conviction by the Guantanamo military commission. But what does the decision mean?