Obama now outpacing George W. Bush on judges

Senate confirms John B. Owens to seat on 9th Circuit

Texas Judge Costa moves to full Senate vote

27 liberal groups oppose Obama judicial nominee

    Associated Press: “‘During his time as a legislator in the Georgia General Assembly, Boggs demonstrated a troubling lack of concern for individuals whose experience and personal history differ from his own, creating a record that lacks a demonstrated commitment to fairness and equal justice with respect to issues of reproductive freedom, civil rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality,’ the groups wrote to the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.”


  • Posted: 02/20/2014
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NJ bar group backs chief justice, warns governor

Judicial nominations debate looms after recess

Senate confirms Wilkins to D.C. Circuit

Robert Wilkins’ D.C. Circuit Confirmation Vote Set for Monday

Presidential power case before court hinges on history

Reid’s Uncompromising Power Play in Senate Rankles Republicans

Sen. John Cornyn blesses nomination of Gregg Costa to the Fifth Circuit

Judicial Nominee Votes Delayed On Capitol Hill

Federal Court nominee with links to FFRF “reassures Senate panel”

Sewell pushes for more black federal judges

“Fraternal Order of Police Sends Scathing Letter to Obama Opposing ‘Race-Baiting’ Civil Rights Nominee”

Governor Markell Nominates Leo E. Strine, Jr. for Chief Justice of Delaware Supreme Court

After Rubio objection, Obama officially ends federal nomination for Miami-Dade judge

Judicial Nominees Start Over in Senate

The President vs. The Senate: Supreme Court to weigh in on Obama’s nominations power play

SCOTUS ponders whether the president can make appointments while Congress is out

Judicial Nominations and Confirmations: Fact and Fiction | Brookings Institute

    Russell Wheeler at the Brookings Institute: Changing Composition of Court of Appeals Obama, in terms of the party of the president who appointed circuit judges in active status, has not able to put as much of an imprint on the courts of appeals as did Bush by the end of his fifth year. Obama had a circuit confirmation rate about the same as Bush’s, but Bush inherited an appellate judiciary split evenly between Republican and Democratic appointees, with 26 vacancies. He was able by the end of 2005 to shift that split to 59 percent Republican appoints (and 60 percent by the end of eight years). Obama inherited that 60-40 split. At the end of 2013 it slightly tilted to Democratic appointees (52% to 48%). (Table 12) In 2009, seven courts of appeals had a majority of Republican appointees among their active status judges. Today, seven of them have Democratic-appointee majorities.


  • Posted: 12/30/2013
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US District Court Judge Julie E. Carnes tapped to serve in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Obama picks Judge Gregg Costa for 5th Circuit appeals court

Coburn slams Dems for move to confirm DHS official under probe

Obama Will Nominate Baucus As Ambassador To China

Senate GOP to skip town, leave Dems working weekend shift

GOP balks at Obama’s human rights nominee

Senate GOP to decide filibuster strategy

Senator Landrieu Maintains Perfect Pro-Obama Judge Record

    NRO Bench Memos: While you were (hopefully) sleeping last night, the Senate voted 51–44 to confirm the nomination of Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s most controversial judicial nominees. Red-state Democrats had to make a choice at the vote shortly before 1 a.m.: Would they represent their constituents at home, or continue to vote in lockstep with the president under cover of night?


  • Posted: 12/12/2013
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Nina Pillard, Georgetown Law Professor, Confirmed to D.C. Circuit

Robinson nominated to Conn. Supreme Court

Senate GOP Could Taste Sweet Revenge In Supreme Court Case

IRS Nominee To Face Questions On Health Law

Democrats Use New Power To Tilt Appeals Court, Millett confirmed

How to Lie With Statistics, Filibuster Edition

    National Review Bench Memos: For starters, the filibuster is a red herring. Cohen claims “dozens” of Obama nominees have been stopped by the filibuster; in fact, there have been only eight successful filibusters during all of Obama’s tenure in the White House, for six different nominees. One of those was later confirmed. That’s a total of five nominees blocked by the filibuster. Meanwhile, 209 Obama nominees have been confirmed.


  • Posted: 12/09/2013
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Senate Republicans Get Argument Time in Recess Case

Senate Dems Push Obama Nominees, Gop Bides Time

Senate Democrats to move quickly on nominations

Dems’ Power Grab Will Cost Them The War Over The Constitution In Court | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

The nominees Obama wants most

Originalist Scholars Amicus Brief in NLRB v. Noel Canning

Wyoming Governor Appoints Pro-Abortion Attorney to State Supreme Court

Making the Case Against D.C. Circuit Nominee Cornelia Pillard | Ed Whelan at NRO

White House, allies weigh nomination strategy under new Senate rules

Filibuster faces terminal decline

Left emboldened by nuclear move

Bipartisan approval lends a sense of balance to the judiciary | J. Harvie Wilkinson III at Washington Post

Move to Rein In Filibusters Likely to Deepen Split in Courts

Obama Nominates Two to D.C. Superior Court

Is There a New Filibuster Rule? Will Baude at Volokh Conspiracy

Nukes for the NYT, But Not for Thee | Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy

Harkin calls for more rule changes

Cruz: Democrats want to pack court with judges to protect ObamaCare

Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise

Senate Dems approve nuclear option on nominations

Reid readies for nuclear option

A Time to Go Nuclear? | Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy

Reid Blocks First G.O.P. Offer on Filibuster Reform, Leaves Nuclear Option on Table

Divided Senate panel approves Yellen for Fed chief

On Abolishing the Judicial Filibuster | Ed Whelan at NRO

Senator Reid to Invoke ‘Nuclear Option’: Conservatives See More Scalias in Their Future

Reid threatens to go nuclear

    The Hill: Democrats warned that changes to the Senate’s practices through a ruling of the chair sustained by a simple majority vote would destroy the institution. “I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules,” Reid told colleagues in April of 2006 during the Senate debate.


  • Posted: 11/19/2013
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Harry Reid: GOP playing with fire on judges

Senate GOP blocks third court nominee

Judicial nominees face unfair hurdles in the Senate | Washington Post Editorial

Senate heads toward new filibuster fight

President Announces Nominee For Assistant Attorney General For Civil Rights

Four Senior Judges Up for Reappointment in DC Courts

Reid lacks the votes to go nuclear

GOP Ready To Block Key Obama Court Nominee

Harry Reid Opens Door To Nuking The Filibuster For Judges

Dear President Obama, This Is Why Judges Matter | Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick at Slate