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Judicial Nominees

GOP Senator: Confirming Obama's Judges Has 'Nothing To Do With Doing Our Jobs'

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to confirm judges. But Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) came up with a new reas...

Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With Mitch McConnell's 'Petty' Behavior

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) accused Republicans of pure political obstruction of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees Wedne...

GOP Senator Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After Ignoring Court Vacancy For 2,323 Days

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) just can't bring himself to play well with others. He's spent more than six years -- 2,323 days, to be precise...

Chuck Grassley Admits It's 'A Gamble' To Let Trump Fill SCOTUS Vacancy

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) conceded Thursday that there's a flaw in the GOP's plan to block President Barack Obama's nominee to the Su...

GOP Senate Candidate Says Obama’s Supreme Court Pick Deserves A Vote

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), who's vying for a Senate seat in November, broke from his party's messaging on Monday night and said Republic...

Get In Line, SCOTUS. This Court Has Been Waiting 2,296 Days For A Judge.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has been waiting two months for the Senate to do something about its empty seat. If you think that sounds like a long ...

Iowa Cafe Changes Menu To Call Out Chuck Grassley's Supreme Court Obstruction

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Des Moines, Iowa, cafe revamped its menu on Tuesday to send a message to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that he should hold confirmation...

Republicans Finally Confirmed A Judge. Is This Obama's Last One?

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Something rare happened Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let a judicial nominee get a vote: Waverly Crenshaw, a Te...

It's Not Just The Supreme Court. Republicans Are Screwing Lots Of Other Courts Too.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sucks to be Merrick Garland right now. He was nominated to the job of his life -- Supreme Court justice -- and Republicans won't even...

Conservative GOP Senator Says Obama's Supreme Court Pick Deserves A Hearing

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) said Thursday that he thinks President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee should get a hearing -- the late...

Republicans Are Even Blocking Their Own Nominees Now

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

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

One Of The Biggest Losers Of 2015 Was An Entire Branch Of Government

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There are some obvious candidates for biggest losers of 2015. Planet Earth. Bill Cosby. The Dallas Cowboys. But one that belongs on that...

Mitch McConnell Will Finally Let Some Judges Get Confirmed. Next Year.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a dismal year of federal judicial confirmations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ready to let a handful of nomin...

Pat Toomey Is Holding Up His Own Judicial Nominees. Again.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was just July when Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was raving about the four judicial nominees he recommended to President Barack Obama. "I a...

Justice Denied: Senate Republicans' Obstruction of Judicial Confirmations

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

While they finally relented and worked across the aisle to keep the federal government running, Senate Republicans continue to fall short when it comes to fulfilling one of our most basic constitutional responsibilities in the Senate -- considering judicial nominees for courts throughout the country.

Senate Gets Around To Filling Court Vacancy After 1,069 Days

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It took them nearly three years to do it, but the Senate on Monday confirmed a desperately needed judge for the U.S. District Court for ...

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...

Jennifer Bendery

After Eight Months, Judicial Nominee Whom Everyone Likes Advances | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. And in this Senate, even a judicial nominee moves forward on occasion. It took eig...

The Foreign Policy Candidates: Lindsey Graham and Lincoln Chafee

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We continue our running series of taking a serious look at all the announced candidates for president with two new entries this week. Republican Lindsey Graham made his formal announcement, and Democrat Lincoln Chafee is also set to announce his candidacy.

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

The Senate Just Cemented Obama's Judicial Legacy | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of life...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Republicans Use Lame Duck To Block Their Own Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A week into the lame-duck session, Senate Republicans are finding all kinds of ways to block President Barack Obama's judicial nominees ...

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...