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    Washington Post Gets the Numbers Wrong on Judicial Nominees

    The Washington Post claims that the confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees might “get relatively close to Bush’s eight-year total”—if the Senate continues confirming them at the current rate. But comparing Obama’s nominations in just 5 years and change with all eight years of Bush’s administration is misleading. President Obama’s … More

    First Filibusters, Now Blue Slips: A New Fight over Judicial Nominations

    Senate Democrats triggered the “nuclear option” to effectively eliminate the filibuster for executive and judicial nominations last year. Now another Senate tradition may be next up on the chopping block: the use of “blue slips.” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D–VT) stated, “As long as the blue-slip process is … More

    They Got Away With It

    As President Obama said, they got away with it. Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate got away with changing the Senate’s rules so that they can shove through anything they want without having to worry about Republicans filibustering against it. Just a few short years ago, then-Senator Obama spoke forcefully … More

    What the New Nuclear Option Means for the Senate

    This afternoon, the Senate approved a rules change that will effectively eliminate the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominations. Under the old rules, Senators could debate whether to confirm a nomination until 60 members voted to invoke cloture and end the debate. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) succeeded today … More

    Obama Debunks Claim of Republican Obstruction on Judicial Nominations

    President Obama recently highlighted his success with judicial nominations, saying: We are remaking the courts…[and] when it comes to the district court, [we are] matching the pace of previous Presidents. When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind. This statement stands in stark contrast to … More

    How Obama Is Remaking Federal Courts in One Chart

    President Obama and his supporters constantly claim that Senate Republicans are being “obstructionist” and preventing the confirmation of his federal court nominees. If you look at the facts, however, Obama’s confirmation record is higher than the last three Presidents—even though he hasn’t made judicial nominations a priority. As economist John … More

    Morning Bell: The Next President and the Supreme Court

    Every vote counts. And this year, it could count double. One vote could decide both the immediate election and the course of constitutional law for decades to come. Just ask the senior federal officials responsible for our security immediately after 9/11 who were sued years later by Javaid Iqbal. During … More

    Harry Reid Reverses Course on Judges; Political Stunt Backfires

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) decided his political stunt on judicial nominees wasn’t working. He abandoned the plan Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with Republicans to schedule votes for 12 district-court nominees and two circuit-court nominees before May 7. The deal ensures President Obama’s nominees will received an up-or-down … More

    Harry Reid Threatens to Back 90 More Unconstitutional Appointments

    Livid at delays in the confirmation process for 90 of the president’s nominations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on Friday that he would encourage President Obama to make even more unconstitutional non-recess appointments if Republicans did not accede to his demands. “Virtually every one of these nominees could … More

    Meese Weighs in on Souter’s Retirement and What’s Next

    The Heritage Foundation released the following statement yesterday by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III concerning the announcement of Justice David Souter’s pending retirement from the Supreme Court. Meese is chairman of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. “Justice Souter’s decision to retire presents President Obama and the … More