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Senate Nominations

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 ...

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 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

Contentious Obama Nominee Apologizes To Committee For Omitting Details From Past | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's most controversial judicial nominees has apologized to the Senate Judiciary Committee for omitting detai...

Jennifer Bendery

Chuck Grassley Touts Record Of Confirming Obama Nominees, Harry Reid Eyes Kool-Aid Bowl | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The judicial nominations process is as clogged up as ever, with Senate Republicans using any number of ways to delay or straight-up bloc...

Openly Gay Nominees Clear Senate With No Opposition

BuzzFeed | Chris Geidner | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Being an out gay nominee for appointed office isn’t the controversy it used to be....

Michael McAuliff

Reid Tees Up Filibuster Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that his Democratic caucus members are becoming so frustrated with Republica...

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...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Recess Appointments Not Likely While Congress Is Away For July 4 Break | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Starting Friday, Congress is officially in recess for nine days. But don't expect President Barack Obama to use his authority to go arou...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Spar Over Stalled Nominees As Filibuster Fight Looms | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Senate inches closer to a potentially explosive filibuster fight this summer, top party leaders sparred Wednesday over just how m...

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Punts Key Vote To July, Setting Up Filibuster Fight | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The likelihood of a knockdown fight over the filibuster this summer increased on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) p...

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...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP To Block Key Cabinet Official Over Free Trade Deals | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary came to Capitol Hill Tuesday for his first Senate nominations hearing—and be...

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.

Washington Post: Nominations Roadblock In The Senate "Unconscionable" | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

IT HAS BEEN almost six months since President Obama nominated Indiana law professor Dawn E. Johnsen to head the Justice Department's influential Offic...