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Sub News Item 5/14/2017 – Greg Abbott plays an outsized role in filling U.S. judicial vacancies
Vacancies for the federal bench typically present a chance for U.S. senators to push preferred candidates, but as President Donald Trump prepares to name two Texas nominees for a U.S. appellate court, he’s hearing from an unlikely person: Gov. Greg Abbott. read full story

Sub News Item 5/11/2017 – Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid in line for Neil Gorsuch’s seat on 10th Circuit
Neil Gorsuch beat out fellow Coloradan Allison Eid for a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court, but Eid’s likely consolation prize isn’t so bad: Gorsuch’s still-warm seat on the powerful 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver. read full story

Sub News Item 5/9/2017 – Two women in line for federal bench in Kentucky, which now only has one female judge out of 13
Kentucky may be getting two new federal judges, both of them women. Several lawyers said they have been interviewed by FBI agents performing a background check on Claria Horn Boom, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner in Frost Brown Todd’s Lexington office. read full story

Sub News Item 5/10/2017 – The diversity problem on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
When Associate Justice David Stras was appointed by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Supreme Court at the tender age of 35, liberal eyebrows shot up. Stras was active in the conservative Federalist Society and had been a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Critics cast him as a right-wing ideologue. read full story

Sub News Item 5/8/2017 – Democrats take on Trump over court vacancies
With his nomination Monday of 10 conservative judges to the federal courts, President Donald Trump is reviving the long-running judicial wars with Democrats. And the two picks likely to rankle Democrats the most are the ones they have the most leverage to block. read full story

Sub News Item 5/9/2017 – Senate Custom Could Trip Up G.O.P.’s March to Reshape Courts
When the White House found itself caught up in difficult spending and health care fights last week, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, deemed it necessary to assure the public that administration officials are competent and “know what we’re doing.” read full story

Sub News Item 5/8/2017 – President Trump taps Louisville conservative John K. Bush for court
A Louisville lawyer who heads the local chapter of the Federalist Society – a conservative legal group that has tried to move the national debate on gun rights and campaign finance to the right – will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. read full story

Sub News Item 5/7/2017 – Trump to Announce Slate of Conservative Federal Court Nominees
Having filled a Supreme Court vacancy, President Trump is turning his attention to the more than 120 openings on the lower federal courts. On Monday, he will announce a slate of 10 nominees to those courts, a senior White House official said, the first in what could be near monthly waves of nominations. read full story

Sub News Item 5/2/2017 – Sen. Bill Cassidy forms panel to vet judicial, U.S. attorney nominees; John Kennedy goes it alone
Annoyed, perhaps, at a steady drumbeat of news stories pointing out that he has yet to fill hundreds of appointed positions, President Donald Trump has put out word that he wants nominees – soon – for many of the federal jobs he has yet to fill. read full story

Sub News Item 4/13/2017 – Toomey talks Syria, Gorsuch, Trump proposals that could hurt Erie
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey visited the Erie region on Wednesday, touring the Lord Corp. facility in Summit Township before taking questions from reporters. read full story

Sub News Item 4/21/2017 – Federal Judge McKeague to go on senior status
U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David McKeague plans to go on senior status, federal officials said Thursday. McKeague, who lives in East Lansing and also serves as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law, has been a federal judge for 25 years, the last 12 as a member of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. read full story

Sub News Item 3/23/2017 – Rubio and Nelson ask Trump to keep judicial picks they sent to Obama
U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson sent a letter to President Trump asking him to re-nominate three judges who were nominated last year by former president Barack Obama. One of them, Patricia Barksdale, is a magistrate judge in Jacksonville and a former federal prosecutor. read full story

Sub News Item 4/18/2017 – Collins: Trump may not appoint judge, U.S. attorney this year
Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican who has been one of President Trump's most outspoken backers, expressed frustration about the new president's slow progress in appointing people to federal judgeships and jobs – including those in Western New York. "We are actually hearing they may not fill some of these positions this year in New York," Collins said in an interview. read full story

Sub News Item 4/14/2017 – Washington senators urge White House to give panel’s chosen judges a chance
In an unusual move, Washington’s two Democratic senators are asking the Trump White House to consider five people for federal judgeships who were chosen by a bipartisan committee and submitted last year to the Obama administration. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2017 – Two young lawyers wait to hear about Buffalo’s long-vacant federal judgeship
If Neil Gorsuch is any indication, Donald Trump is looking for youth in his federal court appointments. In Buffalo, home to a judicial vacancy now two years old, the two Republican attorneys seeking the lifetime appointment fit the profile. read full story

Sub News Item 4/6/2017 – Senate Republicans go ‘nuclear,’ pave the way for Gorsuch confirmation to Supreme Court
Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, overcoming a historic Democratic blockade by changing the rules of the U.S. Senate — a move that highlighted the fierce partisanship that has seized Congress. The long-anticipated rules change now means that all presidential nominees for executive branch positions and the federal courts need only a simple-majority vote to be confirmed by senators. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2017 – How One Man Brought Justices Roberts, Alito And Gorsuch To The Supreme Court
One man is responsible to a considerable extent for choosing a third of the justices on the Supreme Court, including Neil Gorsuch, who was sworn in Monday. That's what Jeffrey Toobin reports in his latest article in The New Yorker called "The Conservative Pipeline To The Supreme Court." The article is about Leonard Leo, who Toobin says served in effect as president Trump's subcontractor on the selection of Gorsuch. read full story

Sub News Item 4/7/2017 – How Senators Voted on the Gorsuch Confirmation
The Senate on Friday confirmed President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch. The vote comes a day after Democrats filibustered the nomination and Republicans changed the rules of the Senate to proceed to a final vote. read full story

Sub News Item 4/2/2017 – Sen. Schumer Says It’s Unlikely Gorsuch Will Reach 60 Votes
As the Senate gears up to consider President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer predicted Sunday that "it looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin" needed to overcome a filibuster. read full story

Sub News Item 3/29/2017 – Sen. Tester still undecided on Gorsuch
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on Tuesday said he hasn’t decided on how he will vote on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch needs 60 votes to be confirmed. Many Democrats have said they will attempt to filibuster the Gorsuch confirmation, but Sen. Tester said he is still taking feedback from Montanans. read full story

Sub News Item 3/29/2017 – The Gorsuch filibuster debate rages in Senate
Democrats and Republicans are gingerly approaching a crucial crossroad: whether to push for a change in Senate rules that would ban filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. The change would be historic and would long out live the current controversy concerning Judge Neil Gorsuch --President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 3/29/2017 – Kaine says he’ll vote against Gorsuch
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he will vote against the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. In a statement released Wednesday, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate referenced contraception and abortion rights in announcing that he will vote against cloture and the final confirmation for Gorsuch. read full story

Sub News Item 3/23/2017 – The Hill’s Whip List: 32 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging Democrats to join him in opposing Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. The question is whether Schumer's entire conference will follow him in a filibuster of the nomination, which would force Republicans to win 60 votes for his nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 3/28/2017 – McCaskill, still undecided on Gorsuch, does not rule out voting for filibuster
Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday said she would not rule out voting to filibuster President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and at least 20 other Senate Democrats have said they’ll stage a filibuster to block an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch. read full story

Sub News Item 3/27/2017 – Sen. Nelson already a ‘no’ on Gorsuch vote
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said on Monday he will vote against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and he will support a filibuster. read full story

Sub News Item 3/26/2017 – ‘I Will Vote Against Him’: Sen. Franken On Gorsuch Nomination
Sen. Al Franken says he will vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The Democratic senator announced his decision on WCCO Sunday Morning, telling Esme Murphy that he fears Gorsuch will rule in favor of corporations, not workers and consumers. read full story

Sub News Item 3/25/2017 – Democrats Concerned That The Supreme Court May Be Rigged For The Rich And Republicans
In recent years, the opposing party approached Supreme Court nomination hearings by honing in on the nominee’s character and temperament or on one particular case that could possibly derail the nominee. Nominees have, in turn, generally refused to answer any question directly, in an apparent fear of revealing any bias about a potential future case they may hear. read full story

Sub News Item 3/20/2017 – Trump to nominate federal Judge Amul Thapar to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Read more here:
A federal judge who hears cases in Lexington will be nominated as a federal appeals judge, President Donald J. Trump announced Monday. Trump will nominate U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House said in a news release. read full story

Sub News Item 3/20/2017 – DC’s Rep Makes A Plea To Trump To Consult Her About Federal Court Nominees
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia isn’t a US senator, but she’s hoping President Trump will still come to her for advice about nominees for the city’s federal courts and law enforcement agencies. read full story

Sub News Item 3/18/2017 – Gorsuch recommended to Justice Dept. that federal judges visit Gitmo
More than a decade ago as a lawyer in the George W. Bush Justice Department, Neil Gorsuch recommended that federal judges visit Guantanamo Bay as a way of becoming “more sympathetic” to the Bush administration’s defense of its detainee policies. read full story

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