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Judicial Nominations

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...

Raising the Bar: The International Criminal Court Deserves Supremely Qualified Judges

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is one of the main responsibilities of States Parties to provide the Court with the tools to fulfill its mandate. This includes not only financial support but also nominating and electing supremely qualified judges.

What Do Oz and Our Federal Courts Have in Common?

Peg Perl | Posted 08.26.2014 | Denver
Peg Perl

All federal judges go through a public Senate confirmation process after they are nominated by the President. But where does the President get those names to nominate?

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Leaving His Mark On Judiciary As Senate Confirms Gay, Black Judges | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florid...

Jennifer Bendery

Human Rights Groups Urge Senate Judiciary Committee To Reject Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive groups are piling on opposition to Michael Boggs, President Barack Obama's nominee under attack for his socially conservativ...

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Al Franken Will Vote Against Embattled Judge Nominee Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that he will oppose President Barack Obama's beleaguered nominee Michael Boggs for a federal ju...

Jennifer Bendery

As Senate Runs Out Of Judges To Confirm, Dozens Of Courts Still Sit Empty With No Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For all the stagnation in Congress, there's a constant stream of action on one front: Judicial nominations. The Senate has confirmed...

Jennifer Bendery

Vermont Christians Urge Patrick Leahy To Oppose Obama Nominee Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) should expect some visitors at one of his Vermont offices on Friday: Burlington-area Christians plan to drop ...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Confirms Drone Memo Author As Federal Judge | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday confirmed David Barron to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, overcoming bipartis...

Jennifer Bendery

Civil Rights Leaders Considered Public Event To Question John Lewis On Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Critics of President Barack Obama's judicial pick Michael Boggs breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a reve...

Jennifer Bendery

Liberal Groups Pile Opposition Onto Obama Judicial Nominee Ahead Of Confirmation Hearing | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he heads into his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs faces a fresh wave of opposition fro...

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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

Pennsylvania Progressives Race To Stave Off Potential Tea Party Obama Nominee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Pennsylvania are scrambling to derail a deal they say the state's U.S. senators are quietly trying to cut with the White...

Jennifer Bendery

Progressive Groups Urge Senators To Stop With All The Corporate Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the clock running down on President Barack Obama's time in the White House, more than 30 labor, civil rights and environmental grou...

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Marco Rubio Clears Path For First Black, Openly Gay Federal Judge | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida judicial nominee Darrin Gayles just inched a little closer to becoming the nation's first black, openly gay man to serve as a fe...

Senate Rejects Lawyer Who Represented a Murderer, But Not Corporations Accused of Human Rights Abuses

Katie Redford | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Katie Redford

Perhaps it should not surprise us that politicians give more scrutiny to a nominee who insisted that an individual murderer should be given a fair hearing, than to a nominee who argued that corporations should not be held responsible for committing gross human rights abuses.

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...

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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...

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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...

President Obama's Disappointing Georgia Judicial Nominees

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Elsewhere in the country, President Obama has been very intentional about nominating diverse pools of qualified nominees, in an effort to have our federal courts reflect the people whom they serve. The Georgia slate is a troubling outlier.

What We Left Behind in 2013

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Yes, things are getting better. But that's not saying much. Republicans have lowered the standards of Congress so much that the completion of a basic task like passing a budget or confirming a non-controversial judge is now cause for celebration. Americans shouldn't accept the low standards of this new normal. It's like the relief of having a tooth pulled. The ache that's been with you for so long is gone, the sharp pain of having it pulled is over. But there's something missing. As we look forward to the year ahead, let's remember the tasks we left behind in the rancorous, bitter 2013. Barely functioning is not enough. We have a lot of work to do. Here's to higher standards in 2014!

The Vote That Will Change America

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Our federal government was designed as a republic. Within this system, and over time, elections were to have consequences and enlightened public opinion was to govern. Extra-constitutional appendages like the filibuster, abused by minority parties, have moved us away from that vision. Instead, our government is in perpetual gridlock, and the American people have lost faith in their government to even function properly. Even after this rules change, one of our parties must still win the House, the Senate, and the presidency before radically changing our country. That's no small feat. It will often require victories over the course of several elections. That's probably as it should be. Change ought to be possible, but only when one of our parties really earns it. The filibuster gave a small minority in the Senate outsized power to stifle the will of the people.

Ryan Grim

Senate Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE] | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: Senate Democrats voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option just after noon on Thursday, changing the rules so that only a simple majority ...

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.