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Obama Judicial Nominations

Marco Rubio Is Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) keeps taking heat for skipping out on his Senate duties while he's out on the presidential campaign trai...

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...

Jennifer Bendery

Fate Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Unclear Under GOP-Controlled Senate | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most unpredictable outcomes of a GOP takeover of the Senate, which is looking likely, is the fate of President Barack Obama's...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Sink Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives appear to have won their fight to sink President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs. The New Yo...

Jennifer Bendery

Elizabeth Warren To Obama: Stop Putting Forward So Many Corporate Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House regularly boasts about the diversity of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. Just this week, it launched a new we...

Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It is ironic that the trade deals that have ravaged jobs for millions of Americans likely met the original test as treaties, given their long range implications and participation of numerous foreign governments, yet if they are fast tracked they cannot be amended and are adopted by majority vote.

Obama Nominates Three To U.S. Appeals Court

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama nominated Patricia Ann Millett, Cornelia Pillard and Robert Leon Wilkins to the understaffed federal appeals court in Washingto...

Obama To Nominate Three To U.S. Appeals Court

Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

By NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is simultaneously naming three nominees to the understaffed federal ap...

Obama To Name Key Judicial Nominees

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to jointly name three nominees to the federal appeals court in Washington, a White House official said...

Obama To Nominate 3 For Major Court

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to nominate three judges to a critical federal court in a move that The New York Times says "will effective...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama's Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's bad enough that there are 82 vacant federal judge slots around the country, a level so high that many observers have deemed it a cr...

Amanda Terkel

Mitch McConnell: Senate GOP Has Treated Obama's Judicial Nominees 'Very Fairly' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vigorously defended his party's conduct regarding President Barack Obama's judicial nomin...

Let's Make a Deal: The Judicial Nominations Battle Is Not Over

Nan Aron | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Nan Aron

Republicans have been engaged in relentless obstruction of Obama's judicial nominees at an unprecedented level. The 17 district court nominees at issue this week have been awaiting a final vote for a cumulative total of 3,628 days from the time they were proposed by the president until today.

Judicial System Continues to Fall Victim to Republican Obstruction

Kathryn Ruemmler | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Kathryn Ruemmler

Caitlin Halligan had been nominated to fill the 9th seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit -- which is now more than a quarter vacant -- and today's Republican filibuster is unwarranted and irresponsible.

Obama Sets 'Non-Traditional' Record

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation's federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four ...

Obama Nominates Fourth Openly Gay Judicial Candidate

Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating Michael Walter Fitzgerald to serve as a judge on the federal court for the Central Di...

Unfinished Business: 19 Judicial Nominations Left Unconfirmed by 111th Congress

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

As a result of unprecedented Republican political gamesmanship, President Obama ends the first half of his first term with a smaller percentage of his nominees confirmed than any previous president.

Lame-Duck Fights: Confirm OMB's Jack Lew, DOJ's Jim Cole and 23 Federal Judges

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Partisan "leaders" are now chosen, weeks ahead of the Republic's 112th Congress. Now is the time to confirm Executive Branch leaders for the next two...

1 In 8 Federal Judgeships Sit Empty; Dems Blame GOP Obstruction, GOP Blames Obama's Dearth Of Nominations

Los Angeles Times | Carol J. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threate...

Unprecedented and Inexcusable Obstructionism

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

How does a small group of Republican Senators manage to hold up the confirmation process? They continually refuse to vote on nominations, force cloture votes, and place anonymous holds on nominees.

Sam Stein

Obama 'Frustrated' By 'Slow' Confirmation For Nominees, Expected To Re-Nominate | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of confirmation for his judicial and executive appointees, according to White House Pres...

The 12 Legislative Battles To Look Forward To In 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The past year was grueling for Democrats trying to getting major legislation passed -- with most of the focus on health care reform. But 2010 will be ...