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    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

    Hagel Nomination: The Wrong Person for Secretary of Defense

    The Senate’s failure last week to advance the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense was the right result, but for the wrong reason. Some Senators voted against Hagel as a way of pressuring the Obama Administration to answer many troubling and still outstanding questions about the … More

    The Senate Must Press Obama Foreign Policy Nominees on Europe

    In the coming weeks, the Senate will begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan for Director of the CIA. All three have been … More

    Vote Against Goodwin Liu a Victory for the Rule of Law

    In one of the most important votes on Obama’s lower court judicial nominees, Democrats were unable to overcome the filibuster of Ninth Circuit Court nominee Goodwin Liu in a vote in the U.S. Senate this afternoon. It takes 60 votes to end a filibuster under the Senate rules, and the … More

    We Know Stevens, But What Do We Really Know About Kagan?

    Many who advocate for the appointment of originalist judges believe that the Court will not be worse off when Justice John Paul Stevens is replaced.  After all, who could possibly be more of a liberal activist than the leader of the Court’s liberal bloc, Justice Stevens? This mode of thinking … More

    Elena Kagan, Mystery Nominee

    Elena Kagan is an enigma as a Supreme Court Justice nominee: her practice record is slender, and her publications are few and far between. In the latest Heritage in Focus podcast, senior legal fellow Robert Alt discusses what we know about Kagan, and how her views could shape constitutional litigation … More