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Obama's VA Nominee Vows Corporate-Style Discipline Following Scandal

Reuters | David Lawder | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporat...

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Judges Describe Toll Of Court Vacancies: Burnout, Delays, Pressure To Plead Guilty

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal judicial vacancies are causing unsustainable courtroom delays, resulting in evidence going stale, witnesses dying before they ca...

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It Took 17 Years, But The Senate Has Finally Confirmed Ronnie White To The Federal Bench

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The first time Ronnie White came up for a vote in the Senate, he was one of President Bill Clinton's judicial nominees and Senate Republ...

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Obama Leaving His Mark On Judiciary As Senate Confirms Gay, Black Judges

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Filibuster Reform Shrinking Judicial Vacancies

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees through the ...

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Embattled Nominee Michael Boggs Held Up As Other Judicial Candidates Moving Forward

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with a batch of federal judicial candidates for Georgia this week, but one name will be...

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Al Franken Will Vote Against Embattled Judge Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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As Senate Runs Out Of Judges To Confirm, Dozens Of Courts Still Sit Empty With No Nominees

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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Michael Boggs Changes Tune On Abortion Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs raised some eyebrows during his Senate confirmation hearing last month when he defended his vote for a contentious abortio...

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Vermont Christians Urge Patrick Leahy To Oppose Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

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Michael Boggs Says He Didn't Know About Abortion Debate That Was Raging All Around Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs, President Barack Obama's beleaguered judicial nominee, may have some explaining to do to senators already skeptical about...

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Senate Confirms Drone Memo Author As Federal Judge

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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Six Months Later, Filibuster Reform Means Republicans Delay Nominees They Confirm Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been six months since Senate Democrats pushed through filibuster reform, a change that Republicans warned would have grave conseque...

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Civil Rights Icon Comes Out Against Embattled Obama Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced Monday that he opposes President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Micha...

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Michael Boggs Nomination Rattles Congressional Black Caucus Members

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to serve on the federal bench is causing members of the Congressional Black Caucus ...

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Dianne Feinstein Not Ready To Oppose Michael Boggs, Cites Support In Black Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a rare reprieve Sunday for President Barack Obama's beleaguered judicial pick Michael Boggs, sa...

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Progressives Hailed Filibuster Reform, But It Could Haunt Them On Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives championed last year's push for filibuster reform, which culminated in Democrats changing Senate rules to require only a si...

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Congressional Black Caucus Thanks Harry Reid For Opposing Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got a letter of thanks from the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday for his unequivocal op...

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All Senate Democratic Leaders Signal Opposition To Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All four Senate Democratic leaders have now signaled that either they will vote against President Barack Obama's embattled judicial nomi...

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Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate quietly made history on Wednesday night when it confirmed Diane Humetewa as a federal judge -- the first Native American woma...

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Harry Reid: 'I Can't Vote For' Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday became the first Democratic senator to say he can't support President Barack Oba...

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Senate Democrats Grill Obama Judicial Nominee On Abortion, Gay Rights, Confederate Flag

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's most beleaguered judicial nominees, Michael Boggs, finally got his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesda...

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NARAL Ramps Up Attacks On Obama Nominee Michael Boggs: 'He's Worse Than We Thought'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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Contentious Obama Nominee Apologizes To Committee For Omitting Details From Past

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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Pennsylvania Progressives Race To Stave Off Potential Tea Party Obama Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...