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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 ...

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 06.03.2015 | 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 ...

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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...

Jennifer Bendery

Judges Describe Toll Of Court Vacancies: Burnout, Delays, Pressure To Plead Guilty | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal judicial vacancies are causing unsustainable courtroom delays, resulting in evidence going stale, witnesses dying before they ca...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Leaving His Mark On Judiciary As Senate Confirms Gay, Black Judges | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florid...

Jennifer Bendery

Embattled Nominee Michael Boggs Held Up As Other Judicial Candidates Moving Forward | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with a batch of federal judicial candidates for Georgia this week, but one name will be...

Jennifer Bendery

Human Rights Groups Urge Senate Judiciary Committee To Reject Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive groups are piling on opposition to Michael Boggs, President Barack Obama's nominee under attack for his socially conservativ...

Jennifer Bendery

Michael Boggs Changes Tune On Abortion Controversy | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs raised some eyebrows during his Senate confirmation hearing last month when he defended his vote for a contentious abortio...

Jennifer Bendery

Michael Boggs Says He Didn't Know About Abortion Debate That Was Raging All Around Him | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs, President Barack Obama's beleaguered judicial nominee, may have some explaining to do to senators already skeptical about...

Jennifer Bendery

Six Months Later, Filibuster Reform Means Republicans Delay Nominees They Confirm Anyway | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been six months since Senate Democrats pushed through filibuster reform, a change that Republicans warned would have grave conseque...

Jennifer Bendery

Dianne Feinstein Not Ready To Oppose Michael Boggs, Cites Support In Black Community | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a rare reprieve Sunday for President Barack Obama's beleaguered judicial pick Michael Boggs, sa...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid: 'I Can't Vote For' Obama Nominee Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday became the first Democratic senator to say he can't support President Barack Oba...

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White House: 'Of Course' Senate Democrats Should Vote Conscience On Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is standing by Michael Boggs, President Barack Obama's beleaguered judicial nominee who has felt the wrath of progressiv...

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Fate Of Obama's Embattled Judicial Nominee Rests With Democrats Now | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs, the Georgia judicial nominee whom progressive groups are determined to defeat, is finally receiving a confirmation hearin...

Jennifer Bendery

NARAL Ramps Up Attacks On Obama Nominee Michael Boggs: 'He's Worse Than We Thought' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The reproductive rights advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America will launch a new attack Tuesday on one of President Barack Obama's most...

Jennifer Bendery

Bob Casey Under Pressure To Dump Potential Republican Judicial Nominee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Pennsylvania have been working for weeks to derail an apparent deal between their U.S. senators to submit a conservative...