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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

Sub News Item 05/22/2014 – Senate Confirms David Barron to be Federal Judge
The former Justice Department official who co-authored a legal memo justifying the use of lethal force against American citizens suspected of terrorism abroad will soon take his seat on the federal bench. read full story

Sub News Item 05/15/2014 – Senate Votes to Confirm More Arizona Judges
The Senate voted to confirm three U.S. district judges for Arizona on Thursday. The Senate voted 81-15 to confirm Rosemary Marquez, 77-19 on Douglas, and 95-1 James Soto. read full story

Sub News Item 05/15/2014 – Top White House Lawyers to Make Pitch to Senators for Troubled Judicial Nominee
Two top White House lawyers plan to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday in part to help shore up one of President Obama's nominees to serve on a federal appeals court. read full story

Sub News Item 05/12/2014 – Sen. Tester Presses for Confirmation of Three Indian Nominees
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is calling on the Senate to confirm three tribal members to important posts. read full story

Sub News Item 05/08/2014 – Senate Confirms Four Obama Nominees
The Senate confirmed Theodore Mitchell to be Under Secretary of Education by voice-vote Thursday. Mitchell will serve under Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.   read full story

Sub News Item 05/06/2014 – Rand Paul Rejects White House Drone Memo Offer
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) on Tuesday rejected a White House offer to let senators read a federal court nominee's memo authorizing a drone strike on a U.S. citizen, calling anything short of a full public release "inadequate." read full story

Sub News Item 05/06/2014 – White House Offers to Show Senators Drone Memo
The White House is offering to show senators a secret paper justifying the drone strike on an American citizen written by one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 05/06/2014 – Moritz Confirmed as 10th Circuit Judge
Moritz confirmed as 10th Circuit judge. -----The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to confirm Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz to serve as a judge on the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.   read full story

Sub News Item 05/05/2014 – Judicial Nominee’s Memos on Drones Stirring Bipartisan Concern in the Senate
President Obama’s choice for a powerful appeals court appointment is in peril from both the left and the right, highlighting how the fraught politics of an election year are threatening the president’s agenda even among his allies on Capitol Hill. read full story

Sub News Item 05/05/2014 – Paul Starts New Drone War
Sen. Rand Paul has warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama’s appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama’s drone policy. read full story

Sub News Item 05/01/2014 – Senate Confirms Two Federal Judges for Maryland
The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment Thursday of a senior Baltimore prosecutor and a lawyer at the Homeland Security Department as new federal judges to sit on the Maryland bench. read full story

Sub News Item 05/01/2014 – Bankruptcy Judge Pamela Pepper Nominated for District Court Bench
Pamela Pepper, chief judge of U.S. Bankrupty Court in Milwaukee, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a seat on the U.S. District Court for Eastern Wisconsin. read full story

Sub News Item 05/01/2014 – Senate Ends Debate on Three Judicial Nominees
The Senate voted to end debate on three judicial nominations Thursday. The Senate voted 60-38 to end debate on the nomination of Nancy Moritz to be a U.S. circuit judge for the Tenth Circuit. read full story

Sub News Item 04/30/2014 – Senate Confirms Sheryl Lipman of Memphis as Federal Judge
University of Memphis administrator Sheryl H. Lipman has been confimed by the U.S. Senate as a new federal judge for West Tennessee. read full story

Sub News Item 04/30/2014 – Senate Confirms Wenatchee Lawyer for Federal Judgeship
A Wenatchee lawyer will become the next federal judge in Eastern Washington after the full U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination Wednesday.

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Sub News Item 04/30/2014 – Jon Levy Confirmed as Federal Judge in Maine
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 75-20 to confirm Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy's nomination to serve as a federal judge in Maine. read full story

Sub News Item 04/30/2014 – New Federal Judge Confirmed for Kansas
An attorney from Kansas City, Kansas, has been confirmed as a judge of the U.S. District Court in Kansas. read full story

Sub News Item 04/30/2014 – Senate Confirms New San Diego Federal Judge

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Judge Cynthia Bashant’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in San Diego. Bashant, who most recently served as a San Diego Superior Court juvenile judge, will fill U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez’s seat, which has been vacant since her retirement last year.

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