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Judicial Vacancies

Mitch McConnell Marvels At The Judicial Crisis He Created

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― If there is a hallmark issue that defines Mitch McConnell’s time as Senate majority leader under President Barack Obama, it was his o...

Want To Be A Judge Under Trump? Chief Justice Lays Out What The Job Is Like

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump is nowhere mentioned in Chief Justice John Roberts’ latest year-end report on the federal judiciary. But if you read between the lines,...

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-...

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...

Republicans Aren't Even Pretending They Want To Confirm Judges Anymore

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left i...

Iowa’s Biggest Newspaper Calls Chuck Grassley Spineless For Refusing To Stand Up To Trump

The Huffington Post | Jacquie Lee | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics

Iowa's largest newspaper attacked the state's senior senator for praising Donald Trump and refusing to fill judicial vacancies in an editorial Wednesd...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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 ...

The Disgraceful State of Judicial Nominations

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.05.2016 | 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 d...

GOP Is Confirming Judges At The Slowest Rate In 60 Years

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics

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

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...

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

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...

Most Voters Think The Supreme Court Treats Corporations Better Than People

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

American voters are broadly unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a poll released Tuesday. The survey, conducted by Democratic pollster Th...

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Still Find Ways To Stall Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats made it a lot easier for President Barack Obama to get his judicial nominees confirmed when they nixed the filibuster a...

Jennifer Bendery

District Court Vacancies Under Obama So High They're 'Breaking Historic Patterns,' Report Finds | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vacancies at district courts are so high right now that they're "breaking with historical patterns" and burdening the judicial system li...

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.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Confirms Key Obama Nominee As Filibuster Fight Looms | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed key Obama nominee Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a vote that comes am...

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Senator Gripes About Judicial Nomination Process He's Blocking | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) ranted Thursday that President Barack Obama hasn't put forward judicial nominees for vacancies in Texas, some...