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Judicial Appointments

Senate Confirms Dozens Of Obama Nominees

AP | ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House...

Already Backlogged Courts May Soon Be Thrown Into More Havoc

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — The nation's already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eli...

Texas, Congress Go Blue If Immigration Reform Goes Down

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Texas is indeed going blue. The only question is when. If Republicans sabotage immigration reform, Texas Democrats may not have to wait for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama's Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's bad enough that there are 82 vacant federal judge slots around the country, a level so high that many observers have deemed it a cr...

They Deserve an Up-or-Down Vote

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

DREAM Act kids? They deserve a vote. Judicial nominees? They deserve a vote. As long as the "they" being referenced are sympathetic to the vast majority of the American public, then the logic works.

Reid Threatens To Use 'Nuclear Option' On Judicial Nominations

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that he will consider enacting the so-called "nuclear option," or changing Senate rules by a si...

Obama's Judicial Disaster

The New Yorker | Jeffrey Toobin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

On the same day as Rand Paul’s celebrated filibuster against drone strikes last week, the Senate engaged in a less noticed but more typical form of ...

Obama’s Diverse Picks Remold Federal Courts | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first A...

Judging Obama's Second Term

David Fontana | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
David Fontana

Presidents come and go, but federal judges stay. In the second term, it is important that President Obama find ways to focus his energies on judicial nominations, and find ways to ensure that the Senate does the same.

Watch Out for the Republican Super PACs Moving Away from Romney to Rain Even More Millions on Swing Senate Races

Howard Learner | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Howard Learner

The Republican Super PACs have millions of dollars to spend, not to save. Watch for their hard-nosed decisions after the first Presidential debate to flood even more money into the competitive small-state Senate races.

A Call for Transparency: Illinois Judicial Vacancies Should Be Made Public

Katy Welter | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Illinois alone empowers its Supreme Court with absolute authority to fill judicial vacancies. Given that it grants one nominating body sole discretion over these appointments, transparency is especially important.

The Judicial Confirmation Crisis: The Threat to Diversity

Leslie Proll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Proll

We need the Senate confirmation process to function properly so that diversity of the bench can advance, not retreat. Instead, minority candidates are falling victim to the confirmation stalemate, even when they have strong bipartisan support.

Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel Says

The Denver Post | Felisa Cardona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel has asked the U.S. Senate to expedite a vote on filling a Colorado federal court vacancy, saying a shortage ...

Justice Suffers As Nominations Languish

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The vacancies on the federal bench continue to grow, resulting in a judicial system that is already overburdened coming to a grinding halt. The nation's courtrooms must not be left hostage to partisan bickering.

Jason Linkins

Vitter, Landrieu Enmeshed In Bitter, Pointless Spat Over Judicial Appointments | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Writing for the WBRZ News Advocate, Gerard Shields describes the actions being taken by Senator David Vitter (R-Louis.), who is blocking the nominatio...

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson Tougher On Obama's Nominees Than Bush's | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson's opposition to President Obama's choice to head the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel appears to be the key obstacle to her ...