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Judicial Nominations

Senate Republicans Changed The Playbook On Judicial Nominees

Paul Gordon | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Paul Gordon

As we approach the end of the year, Republicans are looking forward to filling the many judicial vacancies -- especially the Garland vacancy on the Su...

GOP Admits Obama's Judge Count Is More Important Than America's Judicial Crises

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The record number of judicial emergences in the United States is not the issue that concerns Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...

Obama Just Nominated A Muslim To Be A Federal Judge. That's A First.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating the first Muslim person to the federal judiciary, Abid Qureshi. “I am pl...

Watch Elizabeth Warren Relentlessly Push The Senate To Confirm Judges

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Judicial nominees are piling up in the Senate as Republicans refuse to confirm them, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has had it. Wa...

Trump's Not The Only One Attacking the Judiciary

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Time after time, the courts have made clear that a judge's impartiality cannot be called into question because of his race, ethnicity, or religion. But Trump is not the only one placing the judiciary in harm's way.

Republican Obstruction Creates New Bamboo Ceiling for Asian American Judicial Nominees

Christopher Kang | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Christopher Kang

In January 2009, there were only eight Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in lifetime, federal judgeships throughout the country--out of 870 potential positions. There had not been an AAPI judge on a U.S. Court of Appeals--the level just below the Supreme Court--in almost five years.

Missing Justice Means No Justice for Colorado Women

Peg Perl | Posted 05.18.2016 | Denver
Peg Perl

There is a famous saying attributed to Judge Jerome Frank that "Justice is what the judge ate for breakfast." Basically, this is a cynical view that s...

Republican Obstruction of Courts Could Be the Worst Record Since the 1800s

Christopher Kang | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Christopher Kang

Senate Republicans are not only politicizing and undermining the Supreme Court, with their refusal to even consider Chief Judge Garland's nomination, but they are doing the same thing to lower courts as well.

Judicial Vacancy Crisis Hits Home in Colorado - Literally

Peg Perl | Posted 04.13.2016 | Denver
Peg Perl

While public attention has been (deservedly) focused on the empty seat now waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court for the last two months, almost a hundred...

Why Veterans Support Hearings and a Vote on Garland Nomination

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The Constitution -- the very one that we, along with millions of other veterans swore to uphold when we joined the military -- is clear on this issue.

The Constitution as a Code of Honor

Peter M. Shane | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

It would probably delight the late Justice Antonin Scalia to know that the fight over his successor was generating constitutional controversy. Indeed, like many controversies that Justice Scalia fueled, this one concerns not only the implications of particular clauses, but the very nature of constitutional law.

The Supreme Court and the Republican Coup D'état

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although there are liberals who are disappointed that President Obama did not nominate someone more in the spirit of a William Brennan or a Thurgood Marshall, Merrick Garland is an exceptional choice. But Senate Republicans, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, refuse even to consider his nomination.

Why the GOP Should #GoWithGarland

Jason P. Steed | Posted 03.18.2017 | Politics
Jason P. Steed

Forget about whether the Constitution "requires" the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a timely hearing and vote on confirming President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, to the Supreme Court. The question is: What's their best move?

Mitch McConnell: Nope, We Still Won't Consider Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama finally announced Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court pick on Wednesday. But nothing changed on Capitol Hill, wh...

Republicans Are Even Blocking Their Own Nominees Now

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The level of obstruction in the Senate hit a new level of absurdity Wednesday, as a Democratic effort to confirm a federal judge with s...

President Obama's "Trump Card" in the Upcoming Supreme Court Nomination Battle

Matthew A. Baum | Posted 03.05.2017 | Politics
Matthew A. Baum

Largely unnoticed amidst the public hand wringing by Republican Party insiders following Donald Trump's string of Super Tuesday primary victories are ...

Legal Experts Across U.S. Urge Senate to Fulfill Its Constitutional Duties

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 03.04.2017 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proclamation that Republican senators will block anyone nominated by President Obama to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia was followed by immediate condemnation from legal experts. Ignoring those objections, McConnell doubled down.

Senators Put Politics Above People in Obstructing Supreme Court Nominee

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 03.03.2017 | Politics
Trip Van Noppen

The Senate should not play political games with an institution as vital and important as the U.S. Supreme Court. Nowhere does the Constitution say a duly elected president loses the right to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in the last year of his term.

Washington's Wisdom: Advice to the Senate on the Supreme Court Vacancy from a Real Originalist

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

The annual reading of President Washington's message continues to be relevant today: our senators should put country before party.

At Least Republicans Will Be Consistent If They Block Obama's Supreme Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Republicans spend the next year preventing President Barack Obama from filling a Supreme Court vacancy, which they're vowing to do, a...

How Scalia's Absence Will Affect Pending Supreme Court Cases

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia raises a number of questions: What will be Scalia's legacy? What will happen to the cases pending in the Supreme Court? Will President Obama successfully fill Scalia's seat on the high court?

SCOTUS Nomination

Jonathan Richards | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Obama To Nominate Supreme Court Justice When Senate Returns: White House

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.14.2016 | Politics

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will not rush through a Supreme Court choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia this week but ...

Why Obama's Pick to Replace Scalia Ought to Be a Respected, Boring Centrist

Matt Trezza | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Matt Trezza

Ultimately it's the president's call, and all signs are that he will make a nomination. The most practical option Obama seems to have is to tap someone who is "safe," a palatable nominee, who is philosophically centrist, steadfast and has a long judicial record of rulings and writings that support that stance.

Courts Matter, Judges Matter

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The recent anniversary of Roe v. Wade reminds us of the enormous legal progress made by women in the U.S. over the last five decades.