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Judicial Confirmation

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.

Where Is Axelrod's Mustache? Obama on the Court -- Now and Later?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The president has thrown down the executive gauntlet to the Senate for preventing too many of his judicial nominees from getting an up or down vote. (Insert yawn here). The news was not President Obama's announced frustration, but how patient he was in manifesting it.

Filibuster Reform Reminds Us That the Real Scandal Hurting the Country Right Now Isn't in the Executive Branch

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.

Robert Bork Leaves Legacy for Right and Left

Hans Johnson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The death of influential former judge Robert Bork marks the conclusion of a career in conservative advocacy, on and off the bench, and the closing of an era in American politics.

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.

Obama and Senate Dems on the Court: On-Message, for a Change

Simon Lazarus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

Confirmation battles need no longer be mere annoying distractions from the Democrat's main agenda of middle-class-friendly economics and environmental reform.

Chief Justice Roberts Warns Against Politicized Confirmation Hearings

AP | ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said he is troubled by the increasingly politicized nature of the Senate judicial ...

Judge With History Of 'Racially Insensitive' Writings Confirmed By Senate

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Judge Leslie Southwick to a seat on the federal appeals court in Mississippi despite complaints by some majority Dem...