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Jennifer Bendery

Senate Confirms Obama Nominee Under New Filibuster Rules, World Doesn't End | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans warned Democrats of the grave consequences of going "nuclear" with filibuster rules, saying it would destroy comity a...

Senate Dems Flex New Muscle

Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are demonstrating their new ability to thwart Republican filibusters with a vote that would make judges appointed...

Nuking Obstruction: This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Nan Aron | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Democrats needed to act, and they did. The threshold for ending debate is now a simple majority and not a super-majority. It was an astonishing and historic moment.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Backs Senate Filibuster Reform: 'Enough Is Enough' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed the move by Democrats to revamp Senate filibuster rules to make it easier for the majority p...

Senate to D.C. Circuit Nominees: It's Not You, It's Me

Peg Perl | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Peg Perl

By nominating individuals to fill seats already vacant on that court, President Obama (like President Bush before him who had four nominees confirmed to fill vacant seats on the D.C. Circuit) is merely fulfilling his constitutional duty.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Block Key Obama Judicial Nominee, Trigger Talk Of Filibuster Reform | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans filibustered one of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominees on Thursday, the clearest sign yet that the Senate...

Republicans' D.C. Circuit Freak-out Endangers Justice

Nan Aron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

We believe no court, and certainly not the crucial D.C. Circuit, should be forced to do its job with 27 percent of its seats empty. Nominating qualified men and women for vacant judgeships isn't some kind of illegitimate act, or underhanded power grab.

Jennifer Bendery

Dem Senator Predicts 'Insurmountable' Pressure To Change Filibuster Rules If GOP Blocks Obama Nominee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted Tuesday that things could get ugly if Republicans bloc...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Inches Closer To Major Battle Over Obama's Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is inching closer to a knock-down, drag-out fight over confirming nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ...