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Jennifer Bendery

Senate To Vote Next Week On Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote next week on U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesd...

Ali Watkins

Thanks To Ted Cruz, John Kerry Gets A Deputy | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state Tuesday night, giving chief diplomat John Kerry a desperately needed dep...

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

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

Harry Reid On Filibuster Reform: Maybe Democrats Should Have Gone Further | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scuffled with Republicans Thursday over delayed action on President Barack Obama's nominees, ...

Dems Use New Rules To Clear Way For Obama Nominee

AP | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have used the Senate's newly eased filibuster procedures to clear the way for confirmation of the man President Barack O...

Lindsey Graham Won't Back Down On Benghazi Demands

AP | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Sunday he won't back down from blocking President Barack Obama's nominees for Federal Rese...

White House Defends Homeland Security Pick Amid Investigation

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House's top lawyer is defending President Barack Obama's nominee to be the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Securi...

John McCain Drops Threat Against Obama Nominee

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is dropping his threat to block Gen. Martin Dempsey's nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

McCain Vows To Block Obama Nominee

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. John McCain says he will block Gen. Martin Dempsey's nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta...

Senate Confirms Obama Labor Pick

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

The Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary on Thursday. Perez was confirmed by a vote of 54-46. Below, more from the Associated Press...

Jennifer Bendery

Mitch McConnell Blames Dems For 'Culture Of Intimidation' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans have come up with lots of reasons for not wanting to advance President Barack Obama's nominees to the powerful U.S. C...

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...

Reid Goes 'Nuclear'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told top advisers that he is prepared to take action if Senate Republicans block three upcoming nominat...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Successfully Defeats Obama's Judicial Nominee | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House officially withdrew President Barack Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal...

Obama Nominates Todd Hughes, Openly Gay Lawyer, To Court Of Appeals

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama nominated openly gay Justice Department attorney Todd Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday, ...

Huckabee Blasts Obama Cabinet's 'War On Women'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

Mike Huckabee criticized President Obama on Wednesday for the lack of diversity in his cabinet, accusing the president of waging his own "war on women...

Jennifer Bendery

White House 'Strongly Supports' Judicial Nominations Effort | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) picked up a ringing endorsement from the White House on Tuesday for trying to force Republica...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid: I'll Ask Obama To Recess Appoint All Nominees If GOP Delays Continue | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fired a warning shot to Republicans on Friday: Stop blocking President Barack Obama's executi...

Senate GOP's Move Awaited In Big Fight With Obama

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's appointments to two key agencies during the Senate's year-end break ensures that GOP senators will return ...

Sam Stein

Obama Renominates More Than 40 Judicial Candidates | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with the prospect of increasingly lengthy court vacancies, the White House on Wednesday formally renominated more than 40 judicial...

Institutionalized Irrationality: Republicans, the Senate, and US Foreign Policy

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Henne

It will be up to the American people to decide whether the second decade of the 21st-century will be an example of the pathological effects of domestic politics, or a case of a country overcoming domestic divides to advance effective foreign policy.

Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations Over Alabama Earmarks

TPMDC | Evan McMorris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, CongressDaily (s...

Obama Nominees Still Being Stalled By Republicans

The New York Times | Helene Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Almost every day, the news releases go up on the White House Web site and go out to reporters: "President Obama announces more key administration post...

Save the Senate: Bring Back the Filibuster

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

To end legislative gridlock, Sen. Reid should not get rid of the filibuster: He should bring it back. What we have today is a cheap and easy filibuster-lite; Reid should reestablish the real thing.