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Sub News Item 11/30/2016 – Puhl’s federal judicial nomination appears stalled in Congress
The federal judicial nomination of Jennifer Klemtsrud Puhl appears to have hit a snag as the the lame duck session of Congress approaches an end. Puhl, an assistant U.S. attorney in Fargo, was nominated by President Obama in January to a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, with another venue in St. Paul. read full story

Sub News Item 11/27/2016 – GOP senators wary of nuking filibuster
Senate Republicans are wary of making a historic move to nix the filibuster despite growing pressure from conservatives. Roughly two weeks after Donald Trump's White House win, GOP lawmakers are already facing calls to overhaul Senate rules and help push through the real estate mogul's agenda. read full story

Sub News Item 12/1/2016 – Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake want to preserve Senate filibuster
U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are saying the Senate, controlled by their fellow Republicans, should not tinker with filibuster rules to ease the path for incoming President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominations and legislative agenda. read full story

Sub News Item 11/27/2016 – ‘Judicial Emergencies’ Near Breaking Point As Nominees Languish
Interstate 84 from Boise to the nearest federal courthouse in Pocatello, a mountain city roughly 230 miles east near the Bannock Range, is a winding, 3 1/2 hour drive. At least once a week, Idaho’s chief federal district judge, B. Lynn Winmill, weathers the soporific haul through the plain, commuting between the offices he keeps in both cities. read full story

Sub News Item 11/23/2016 – Possible Trump SCOTUS Nominee Pryor’s Privacy Stance
President-elect Donald Trump has a federal appeals court judge with a privacy opinions track record on his list of 21 possibilities to fill the spot left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. read full story

Sub News Item 11/19/2016 – Trump’s election casts doubt on Senate OK of Sweet as judge
Donald Trump's election turned a lot of people's worlds upside down, and few know that better than Buffalo lawyer Kathleen M. Sweet. read full story

Sub News Item 11/20/2016 – Schumer threatens filibuster if Trump doesn’t pick ‘mainstream’ court candidate
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Sunday that Democrats would filibuster Donald Trump's Supreme Court candidates if they are not "mainstream." read full story

Sub News Item 11/16/2016 – Specter of Race Shadows Jeff Sessions, Potential Trump Nominee for Cabinet
In 1981, a Justice Department prosecutor from Washington stopped by to see Jeff Sessions, the United States attorney in Mobile, Ala., at the time. The prosecutor, J. Gerald Hebert, said he had heard a shocking story: A federal judge had called a prominent white lawyer “a disgrace to his race” for representing black clients. read full story

Sub News Item 11/17/2016 – Judicial Nominations Likely to Die at Year’s End, Republicans Say
Senate Republican leaders said they had no plans to move any of President Obama’s nominees to serve on the federal judiciary this year, which means 30 judicial picks on the chamber’s executive calendar will die with the 114th Congress. read full story

Sub News Item 11/16/2016 – California Sen. Dianne Feinstein preps for Supreme Court fight as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will become the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which weighs attorney general nominees, as well as nominations to the Supreme Court and other courts, in January. read full story

Sub News Item 11/16/2016 – Senators ponder how much to do in lame-duck session, with Nye nomination at the ready
As Congress kicks off its lame-duck session this week, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said this morning that he and fellow Idaho Sen. Jim Risch will be pushing hard for a vote on Idaho U.S. District Judge nominee David Nye, but they’ve not yet heard if any judicial nominations will be taken up during the post-election session – or how long or productive the session is likely to be. read full story

Sub News Item 11/16/2016 – Senate GOP may lack firepower for nuke option
A Washington Examiner survey of Republican senators this week shows that at least three GOP senators do not support the controversial idea of changing Senate rules to kill Democratic filibusters of Trump's high court nominees, a move known as the "nuclear option." read full story

Sub News Item 11/14/2016 – Crapo, Risch standing by Judge Nye nomination, hoping for Senate vote soon
Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say they’re standing by federal judge nominee David Nye and hoping for a confirmation vote in the lame-duck session of Congress that started Monday. And if it doesn’t come right away, they’ll continue to push for Nye’s nomination with the Trump Administration in 2017. read full story

Sub News Item 11/11/2016 – Merkley: Senate stole SCOTUS appointment from Obama
Sen. Jeff Merkley said the Senate stole a Supreme Court appointment from President Barack Obama. read full story

Sub News Item 11/12/2016 – Trump victory may mean federal judge nominees for Oklahoma City are replaced
Two nominees for federal judgeships in Oklahoma City may be replaced next year after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Oklahoma's senators acknowledged this week. read full story

Sub News Item 11/11/2016 – Donald Trump Looks to Put His Stamp on Federal Courts
The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court may be the most talked-about empty seat in the federal judiciary, but dozens more await Donald Trump and his White House throughout the lower courts, including the all-important federal courts of appeal. read full story

Sub News Item 11/10/2016 – Trump and the Supreme Court: 5 Big Questions
The surprise election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. President is poised to transform everything from economic policy to foreign relations. But one area where Trump will have an immediate impact is the Supreme Court, where his choices will shape the country’s laws for a generation. read full story

Sub News Item 11/10/2016 – Judiciary Primed to Address Courts’ ‘Vacancy Crisis’
Cutting through the “sea of obstruction” to judicial appointees is more likely now that Republicans have taken control of both the Senate and White House, Lena Zwarensteyn of the progressive American Constitution Society told Bloomberg BNA. read full story

Sub News Item 11/10/2016 – Edward Stanton unlikely to be confirmed as federal judge
Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s presidential election apparently dooms U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III’s prospects of becoming a federal judge. read full story

Sub News Item 11/7/2016 – Sen. Perdue: ‘Dereliction of duty’ for GOP to indefinitely block Clinton SCOTUS pick
Georgia Sen. David Perdue dismissed a recent plan floated by conservatives to indefinitely block Hillary Clinton from ever confirming a Supreme Court justice, calling plans for a unilateral blockade a “dereliction of duty.” read full story

Sub News Item 11/6/2016 – GOP Senator Predicts Merrick Garland Will Be Confirmed This Year If Hillary Clinton Wins
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) thinks there’s a good chance President Barack Obama will get his nominee on the Supreme Court this year if Hillary Clinton wins the election Tuesday. read full story

Sub News Item 11/3/2016 – Grassley would consider Garland if renominated
Sen. Charles Grassley said Thursday afternoon that he would not hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland during the lame duck session, even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. However, should Clinton win and renominate Garland, and if the Republicans hold on to the Senate majority, he would begin the confirmation process. read full story

Sub News Item 11/3/2016 – Cruz, other senators suggest blocking Clinton Supreme Court nominees, while Cornyn would consider them
The ninth seat on the Supreme Court has been open since February — and if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, some Republican senators may want to keep it that way. read full story

Sub News Item 10/27/2016 – Republicans at war over Supreme Court
Senate Republicans are choosing sides ahead of a brutal conflict over how to handle the lingering Supreme Court vacancy, with Jeff Flake firing back Thursday at a suggestion by Ted Cruz that the party could indefinitely block any nominee from Hillary Clinton. read full story

Sub News Item 11/3/2016 – Sen. Cotton won’t join indefinite Supreme Court blockade
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) won’t endorse a strategy to indefinitely block any Supreme Court nominee from Hillary Clinton — instead indicating he would keep an open mind on whomever she may choose should she win the White House next Tuesday. read full story

Sub News Item 11/3/2016 – Burr walks back Supreme Court statement
Sen. Richard Burr has changed his position on blocking any Supreme Court nominee for four years if Hillary Clinton is president, according to a statement from his campaign. read full story

Sub News Item 11/2/2016 – Judicial vacancies straining federal court
A federal judge for the Northern District of Florida is set to enter senior status next week, leaving the court system effectively at half strength for the foreseeable future. read full story

Sub News Item 11/1/2016 – Sen. Joni Ernst would consider Clinton Supreme Court picks
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst flatly rejected Tuesday a strategy floated by some of her fellow Senate Republicans to block any Supreme Court appointments Hillary Clinton might make if she is elected president. read full story

Sub News Item 11/1/2016 – From Republican Senators, a Supreme Court Threat With Ominous Consequences
Sen. Richard Burr, the North Carolina incumbent facing a tough re-election battle, has become the third Republican senator in recent weeks to suggest that he would not vote for any Supreme Court nominees put forward by Hillary Clinton. read full story

Sub News Item 11/1/2016 – A third GOP senator backs an indefinite Supreme Court blockade
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R) recently spoke to a Republican audience in North Carolina, where he unwisely told a joke about shooting Hillary Clinton. The GOP senator, in a tough re-election fight, apologized for his “inappropriate” humor after a recording of his comments surfaced. read full story

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