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Sub News Item 01/21/2015 – Massachusetts Judicial Nominations Panel to Screen Possible Candidates for Federal Vacancy in Boston
A state panel that screens potential judicial candidates is reconvening to consider applications for a vacant U.S. District Court position in Boston, U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, both Massachusetts Democrats, announced on Wednesday. read full story

Sub News Item 01/07/2015 – Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

Sub News Item 12/31/2014 – It’s Official: Obama Won’t Renominate Michael Boggs
It's over for Michael Boggs. Like, really over. read full story

Sub News Item 12/17/2014 – Senate Clears 96 Judicial Nominations After Rule Change
Despite a lack of legislative accomplishments, the Senate confirmed more judges than any other modern Congress. read full story

Sub News Item 12/12/2014 – GOP Hits the Brakes on Obama Nominees
Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees this weekend. read full story

Sub News Item 12/12/2014 – Budget Now in Senate’s Court
But the rest of the Senate’s business remains in flux: Leaders still hope to pass a large package of tax breaks and a terrorism risk insurance bill before breaking for the year, and Democrats are still holding out hope to approve several judges and a new surgeon general before losing their majority. read full story

Sub News Item 12/01/2014 – Reid Threatens to Extend Lame-duck
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to stay in session through the week of Dec. 15. read full story

Sub News Item 11/17/2014 – Senate Advances Judicial Nominees for Ga.
The Senate advanced three of President Obama’s judicial nominations for Georgia courts. read full story

Sub News Item 11/12/2014 – In First Lame-duck Vote, Senate Advances Nominations
The Senate advanced two of President Obama’s judicial nominees in lawmakers' first day back after the midterm elections. read full story

Sub News Item 11/11/2014 – Grassley to Oversee Obama Judgeships
Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the new Republican majority will carefully vet President Obama’s judicial appointments. read full story

Sub News Item 11/09/2014 – Grassley Picks Judiciary from Trio of Chairmanships
Eligible to pick among a trio of committee chairmanships in the coming Republican-majority U.S. Senate, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has settled on the powerful Judiciary Committee. read full story

Sub News Item 10/23/2014 – Biggs Nomination for Federal Judge Takes a Step Forward
According to a Judiciary Committee spokesperson, both North Carolina senators have submitted “blue slips” for Loretta Copeland Biggs, nominated in September by President Obama to serve as a U.S. District Judge in the state’s Middle District. read full story

Sub News Item 10/22/2014 – Texas Judicial Nominees Could Get Senate Committee Vote in November
A Senate committee could vote as early as Nov. 13 on three nominees for lifetime appointments as federal judges in Texas. read full story

Sub News Item 09/22/2014 – Another First Draft Exclusive: A Presidential Nomination Is Dead
The quest by President Obama to put Michael P. Boggs – who supported the Confederate flag and opposed abortion – on the federal bench in Georgia is over. read full story

Sub News Item 09/08/2014 – After Long Wait, Senate Confirms Pryor to Federal Appeals Bench
A 2 1/2-year odyssey for Jill Pryor ended Monday night when the U.S. Senate confirmed her to serve as a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. read full story

Congrats to the finalists.  Now it's up to Nelson/Rubio and Obama for the nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 08/08/2014 – Senate Holds Pro Forma to Save Pending Nominations
The Senate held a brief pro forma session on Friday to save dozens of President Obama’s pending nominations. Earlier this week, the House and Senate both passed an adjournment agreement, but the Senate still had to hold a pro forma on Friday, so executive and judicial nominees pending on the executive calendar weren’t sent back to Obama’s desk. read full story

Sub News Item 07/28/2014 – Pamela Harris Confirmed to Fourth Circuit
The Senate on Monday confirmed Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a vote that reignited debate over the judicial confirmation process . read full story

Sub News Item 07/24/2014 – Sen. Richard Blumenthal Will Oppose Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Thursday became the latest Democrat to say he will vote against President Barack Obama's embattled judicial nominee Michael Boggs. read full story

Sub News Item 07/21/2014 – U.S. Senate Confirms Carnes for Atlanta-based Appeals Bench
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Julie Carnes to serve on the Atlanta-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the first judicial vacancy filled in Georgia since 2011. read full story

Sub News Item 07/17/2014 – S.C. Sen. Tim Scott Joins Opposition to Nomination of State Judge
Over a year after President Barack Obama nominated South Carolina Judge Alison Renee Lee to a federal post, congressional concerns over her judicial record have apparently stymied the at-large circuit judge’s chances of making it through Congress. read full story

Sub News Item 07/17/2014 – Chuck Schumer Announces Opposition To Embattled Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that he will vote against President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs if he comes up for a vote in the Judiciary Committee. read full story

Sub News Item 07/15/2014 – It’s Time to Reform the Supreme Court — Here Are Five Ways to Do It
The just-completed Supreme Court term was filled with deeply disturbing decisions. In Plumhoff v. Rickard, the Court held that police can shoot at a car in a high speed chase to get it to stop — and continue to shoot until it stops — even when the basis for initially stopping the car was no more than a burnt out headlight. In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Court struck down limits on the total amount that a person can contribute to candidates for federal office or political parties over a two-year period. read full story

Sub News Item 7/15/2014 – David Sarasohn: The Senate should do what little it can
As Congress has only a few sessions left before its month-long August break from doing nothing – Congress's legislative record isn't very different whether it's in Washington or not – it may be that we're looking at this whole election thing wrong. Facing a Senate election in Oregon this fall, maybe we're asking the wrong questions of the candidates. read full story

Sub News Item 07/02/2014 – Cornyn, Cruz Announce Application Process for Texas Judgeships
U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today announced that they are accepting applications for two judicial vacancies in Texas. The Senators established a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys and judges in Texas to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill vacancies. read full story

Sub News Item 06/27/2014 – Texas Senators Pick Gay Judicial Nominee For Federal Court Seat
Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are finally moving forward with filling judicial vacancies in their state, and one of their picks is an openly gay U.S. attorney. read full story

Sub News Item 06/20/2014 – Romano, Klinefeldt Recommended for Federal Judiciary
A Polk County judge and southern Iowa's top federal prosecutor have both been recommended to President Barack Obama as candidates to fill a vacancy created by a retiring federal judge. read full story

Sub News Item 06/19/2014 – Obama Nominates 2 for Kentucky Judgeships
President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Attorney David J. Hale and Bowling Green lawyer Greg Stivers, a close friend and supporter of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, to fill federal district judgeships in Kentucky. read full story

Sub News Item 06/17/2014 – Senate Confirms Three Barrier-Breaking Federal Judges
The Senate today confirmed three barrier-breaking district court judges. read full story

Sub News Item 06/09/2014 – Warner, Kaine Recommend Two for Federal Judicial Post
Virginia’s U.S. senators have recommended Martinsville attorney Ward Armstrong and Salem attorney Elizabeth Dillon for a single upcoming vacancy in Roanoke’s federal judiciary, forwarding the names to President Barack Obama last week. read full story

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