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Sub News Item 1/18/2017 – Judicial Crisis Network to launch $10 million campaign for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
A network of conservative activists is planning a $10 million campaign to fight for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, an appointment that could come within days. read full story

Sub News Item 1/16/2017 – Trump’s team already trying to break Senate Supreme Court filibuster
Donald Trump's team, led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, is gently sussing out what it would take to win enough support in the Senate to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court -- a surprisingly tough prospect with the threat of a filibuster looming and a quick deadline set by Trump. read full story

Sub News Item 1/11/2017 – Trump Promises Fast Action on Supreme Court Nomination
Pledging to move quickly to fulfill what he has called the most important promise of his campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he would name a nominee to the Supreme Court “within about two weeks” of his inauguration on Jan. 20. read full story

Sub News Item 1/12/2017 – How Barack Obama Transformed The Nation’s Courts
Republicans cannot wait to begin dismantling President Barack Obama’s accomplishments, but there’s one thing they can’t undo, even with full control of Congress and the White House: his judicial legacy. read full story

Sub News Item 1/9/2017 – Interviews to Fill Vacant Federal Judgeships Underway
The six-man committee advising Georgia's U.S. senators on nominations for three open federal judgeships in Georgia has begun interviewing candidates for two open seats in the state's Northern District, including one that did not open up until Dec. 29—one day before the committee's application deadline. read full story

Sub News Item 1/9/2017 – With Minn. federal court vacancies looming, Paulsen seeks applicants for Trump administration
A committee formed by U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen is accepting applications from people who want to be considered for federal judgeships. The work is considered urgent because there are two vacancies on Minnesota's federal bench, which carries one of the heaviest workloads in the nation. read full story

Sub News Item 1/3/2017 – Crapo joins Senate Judiciary Committee, hopes to push for more Idaho federal judges
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo has been named to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position that could help him shepherd through the nomination and confirmation of Idaho’s next federal district judge and push for Idaho to get a third federal judgeship. read full story

Sub News Item 1/6/2017 – Cleveland federal judge takes senior status, gives Donald Trump chance to fill seat
Longtime Cleveland federal Judge Donald Nugent has taken senior status after more than two decades, giving President-elect Donald Trump his first seat to fill on the federal bench in the Northern District of Ohio. read full story

Sub News Item 1/3/2016 – Inside Trump’s strategy to remodel the Supreme Court
Donald Trump has narrowed his short list for his first Supreme Court pick down to roughly a half-dozen finalists but the president-elect and his top advisers are already thinking about a second selection, as they seek to quickly remodel the high court with a reliably conservative bent. read full story

Sub News Item 1/4/2017 – Schumer, McConnell trade shots ahead of SCOTUS showdown
The Supreme Court war between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer has begun. The two Senate leaders on Wednesday launched their opening volleys in what is sure to be a contentious battle to confirm Donald Trump’s future nominee to the Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 1/3/2017 – Schumer Prepared to Hold Supreme Court Seat Open
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to block President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee if he or she is not in the “mainstream.” “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night. read full story

Sub News Item 1/3/2017 – President Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination of Merrick Garland Expires
U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court expired at noon Tuesday, clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to fill a vacancy Senate Republicans held open for months with an appointee championed by conservatives. read full story

Sub News Item 1/3/2017 – Western Pa. court vacancies loom as presidential transition nears
More work for judges and longer waits for litigants who need legal issues sorted out. That’s how it’s been in the Western District of Pennsylvania since 2013, when the first judicial vacancy opened up. Now there are four, and no other judicial district in the country has more. read full story

Sub News Item 12/29/2016 – Appeals court vacancies could give Trump the chance to transform judiciary
When Donald Trump enters the White House on Inauguration Day, he will be able to fill more seats on the courts of appeals than President Obama did when he took office eight years ago, which could give him the chance to transform the judiciary into a more conservative branch of government. read full story

Sub News Item 12/27/2016 – After Trump election, GOP committee will vet candidates for two federal judgeships
A Republican-backed committee will recommend candidates for two vacant federal judgeships in Minnesota, effectively replacing one formed by Democrats already in the process of vetting prospective nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 12/28/2016 – Indiana’s judicial nominees headed toward disappointment
While Indiana’s two nominees to the federal judiciary have a chance to get a confirmation vote before Inauguration Day, the possibility is extremely slim. The pair likely will find a place in the history books rather than on the bench. read full story

Sub News Item 12/20/2016 – Texas leads nation in federal judicial vacancies
Once a year, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison packs his robe and drives to Laredo with his law clerks to help his colleagues in the Rio Grande Valley chip away at a mounting federal caseload. read full story

Sub News Item 12/20/2016 – Dozens Of Obama’s Judicial Nominees, Including Historic Picks, Won’t Make It Onto The Bench
Abid Qureshi, nominated to the federal bench by President Obama in the fall, would have been the nation’s first Muslim federal judge had the Senate confirmed him. But nominated late in a presidential election year, when traditionally few nominees get a vote, time — and politics — were always against him. read full story

Sub News Item 12/13/2016 – Legal scholars to Trump: Abide by Constitution
Forty-two constitutional law scholars called Tuesday on President-elect Donald Trump to reverse himself on a range of issues, from press freedom and judicial independence to abortion, immigration and racial discrimination. read full story

Sub News Item 12/8/2016 – Idaho could be down to just one federal judge for another six months
Despite the best efforts of Idaho’s two senators, the lame-duck session of Congress is wrapping up without any confirmation votes on judges – including U.S. District judge nominee David Nye of Idaho. read full story

Sub News Item 12/4/2016 – Trump gets chance to remake the courts
President-elect Donald Trump has a chance to stack the courts with conservative judges, thrilling Republicans who suddenly have the opportunity to remake the judicial system. read full story

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

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