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Judicial Nominations

The Disgraceful State of Judicial Nominations

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As a country that presents itself as a leader among nations when it comes to rule of law, the corruption of the process of selecting judges in a partisan manner ought to be an international embarrassment.

Federal Judges Are Burned Out, Overworked And Wondering Where Congress Is

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was Labor Day weekend and Lawrence O'Neill desperately wanted to get out of town for some downtime with his wife. His mini-vacation ...

John Cornyn Blocks Judges From Getting Confirmed Because He's Mad About Other Judges He Confirmed

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) blocked three of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees from getting votes Thursday because he said Demo...

GOP Is Confirming Judges At The Slowest Rate In 60 Years

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are confirming federal judges at the slowest rate in more than 60 years, fueling a "politically motivated vacancy cr...

It's Time for Conservatives to Reject Judicial Restraint

Evan Bernick | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Constitutional conservatives must consider what approach to judging is most likely to produce decisions that are consistent with the Constitution's plan for limiting government.

Senate Leaders on Target to Break Obstruction Record

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

On August 7, the Senate left town for its month-long summer recess, a pretty long break for lawmakers who have accomplished so little. When the Senate returns on September 8, it needs to start doing the people's business. Surely, the American people, and our federal judicial system, deserve better than this.

We Need Criminal and Civil Justice Reform

Carla DiMare | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

President Obama recently highlighted the need for criminal justice reform which complements the bipartisan effort to reform our criminal justice system. However, reforming only the criminal justice system falls short of what is needed.

Undermining Our Third Branch And Delaying Justice

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

The American people should demand that the Senate act. Currently, there are 14 judicial nominees pending on the Senate floor and simply waiting for an up-or-down vote. These nominees are eminently qualified and deserve better treatment from Senate Republicans.

Chuck Grassley Blocks Judicial Nominees, Then Says GOP Is Doing A Great Job Confirming Them

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has done an abysmal job of confirming federal judges this year. Only five of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees have...

"A deficit in our courts": Senator Jeff Sessions and the Lack Of Judicial Professional Diversity

Nan Aron | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

A truly diverse judiciary is one that not only reflects the personal demographic diversity of the nation, but is also comprised of judges who have bee...

Why Has a Key Federal Judgeship in Wisconsin Been Vacant for 2,000 Days?

Nan Aron | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

After five years of stall tactics and changing the rules to whatever suits him, Senator Ron Johnson long ago forfeited whatever deference he feels he is owed. The president has a list of names and he should act, selecting the nominee who will best protect the rights of everyday people in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

We're Finally Talking About 2016's Most Consequential Issue

Drew Courtney | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Drew Courtney

Yesterday, in a speech in Texas on the importance of voting rights, Hillary Clinton made one of the most important remarks of her campaign so far: "We need a Supreme Court who cares more about the right to vote of a person than the right to buy an election of a corporation."

Jennifer Bendery

Mitch McConnell Says Obama's Circuit Court Nominees Won't Be Confirmed Anymore | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans have been slow-walking President Barack Obama's judicial nominees all year. It looks like things are about to get eve...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Senator Insists He's Not Holding Up Judicial Nominee He's Holding Up | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) insisted Wednesday that he's not blocking one of his own judicial nominees for political reasons -- even as he i...

Jennifer Bendery

Pat Toomey Is Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee, For Some Reason | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is preventing one of his own judicial nominees from moving forward, for reasons nobody seems to understand. ...

The Fourth Quarter

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Denying confirmation to qualified nominees violates one of the "rules" of the game -- the rule that each president will have the chance to reshape the bench to reflect his or her vision of justice. But it is not a game.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Finally Let One Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Get A Vote | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than three months into the new Congress, Senate Republicans held their first vote on one of President Barack Obama's judicial nomin...

Jennifer Bendery

Here's A Look At The Most Ridiculously Long Judicial Vacancies The Senate Still Hasn't Filled | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will do something next week that it hasn't done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge o...

The Reid Rule

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

It's been freezing in Washington for the past few months, but it wasn't the nuclear winter some predicted when Sen. Harry Reid ushered in the most important changes to Senate procedure in a generation.

Jennifer Bendery

Now In Charge, Senate Republicans Slow To Move Forward With Obama's Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has been waiting months for a confirmation vote. But she's not the only one twiddling her th...

Stop Complaining About 'Judicial Activism'

Evan Bernick | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The SCOTUS confirmation process has been dominated by extended, fruitless discussions of the supposed scourge of "judicial activism." At a time when the government is claiming unprecedented authority over our lives, we should shift the focus to the judiciary's critical role in protecting our constitutional rights.

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

Republican Claims About Judicial Nominations Combine Gross Inaccuracies With Banal Observations

Nan Aron | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

In addition to the quantity of judicial confirmations, Hatch and Gray persist in their bizarre view that it was improper for President Obama to fill longstanding vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, and they complain that rules reform has led to "controversial judges."

The Parties Can and Should Come Together on Judicial Nominations

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Federal courts are vital -- they decide pressing matters every day, whether they are challenges to employment discrimination, corporate malfeasance, or immigration appeals. Do we just throw our hands up on judicial nominations, buying into a lazy argument that nothing much can be done now with a Senate controlled by Republicans?

Jennifer Bendery

Orrin Hatch Flip-Flops On Restoring Senate Filibuster Rules | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after Republicans swept control of the Senate, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a plea to his party: Keep current filibuster rules...