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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

    While Obama Remakes the Courts, Harry Reid Wants to Remake the Senate

    Every few months, it seems, Harry Reid (D-NV) threatens to upend the Senate so that he can push something through without following the rules. This time, it’s the President’s judicial nominees. President Obama is already well on his way to remaking federal courts in the liberal image, but Reid insists … More

    Filibuster Deal Restricts Senators' Rights to Debate Judicial Nominees

    This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a potential filibuster deal that, among other problematic provisions, limits post-cloture debate on federal district court nominees (and non-Cabinet-level officials). Senators currently have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the merits of … More

    Morning Bell: 10 Questions for the First Presidential Debate

    Tonight’s debate between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney is supposed to focus on domestic policy, with a major concentration on the economy. Health care, the role of government, and philosophy of governing are also on the agenda. The Heritage Foundation’s policy experts have submitted 10 questions they … More

    Senate Republicans Have Spoken: No Votes on Judges Until After the Election

    On Monday night, Senate Democrats failed to reach 60 votes to cut off debate on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In a 56–34 vote, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) was successful in holding a majority of Republicans together … More

    Senate Opposition May Block Judicial Nominees Close to Presidential Election

    On July 30, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. But under a more than 30-year-old Senate procedure known as the Thurmond/Leahy Rule, during a presidential election year, the opposition party may block the … 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

    Morning Bell: Harry Reid Opts for Political Theater on Judicial Nominees

    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has rightfully earned the reputation of running a do-nothing Senate. More than 1,000 days have elapsed since the upper chamber approved a budget. He’s currently ignoring the House-passed JOBS Act and actively opposing steps to lower gas prices. Now, in a blatant political stunt, Reid is … More

    New York Times Flip Flops on Nominee Filibuster

    In an editorial last month, The New York Times argued that the Senate should adopt President Obama’s plan requiring the Senate to vote on judicial nominees within 90 days—thus eliminating the filibuster as applied to those nominations.  The Times notes that this is a “major change in position” from its … More

    Controversial Obama Judicial Nominee Faces Possible Senate Filibuster

    A lifetime appointment to the federal bench is now selling for $700,000. At least that was the cost for Rhode Island judicial nominee Jack McConnell, who has donated that sum of money to Democrats in the two decades before President Obama tapped him for federal district court. McConnell faces a … More