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Sub News Item 4/28/2016 – Burr vows to block Obama nomination to NC federal court seat
Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a former state Supreme Court justice and vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, was nominated by the president on Thursday to fill a vacancy on the federal court bench in Eastern North Carolina. read full story

Sub News Item 4/27/2016 – Coburn says Senate should do its job and vote on Garland
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said Wednesday that the Senate should hold a vote, at least in the Judiciary Committee, on the nomination of federal judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 4/26/2016 – GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees
Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. read full story

Sub News Item 4/26/2016 – Three more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will sit down with three more Republican senators this week, as Democrats continue to press his nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 4/14/2016 – Even Ken Starr Thinks Mitch McConnell Should Allow A Vote On SCOTUS Nominee
Ken Starr, the former Reagan administration appeals court judge who spent years investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton, thinks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2016 – Idaho joins long wait list as Senate fails to act on judicial nominees
At 82, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge is ready to call it quits, retiring as the longest-serving jurist in Idaho history. He got some good news last week, when President Barack Obama nominated his successor, Judge David Nye of Pocatello, ending a long search that began when Lodge announced his retirement in September of 2014. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2016 – Former Bar Association Leaders Slam GOP on Garland
Three former American Bar Association presidents Tuesday accused Senate Republicans of shirking their constitutional duty by not considering Supreme Court hopeful Merrick Garland's nomination even as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee reiterated the GOP has no plans to take up the jurist's candidacy. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2016 – Top GOP senator meets Obama’s Supreme Court pick to tell him there will be no vote
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee sat down for breakfast with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as a courtesy meeting, to tell the judge there would be no confirmation hearing or vote. read full story

Sub News Item 4/13/2016 – Nebraska federal court nominee is stuck in Senate quagmire
The vacancy on Nebraska’s federal bench is officially an emergency, yet the U.S. Senate appears in no rush to confirm the man tapped to fill it. read full story

Sub News Item 4/11/2016 – Grassley targeted ahead of Garland meeting
Iowa's top attorney is pressuring Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to take up the nomination of President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court ahead of a sit-down with Merrick Garland on Tuesday. read full story

Sub News Item 4/11/2016 – Senate confirms Waverly Crenshaw for federal judgeship
The U.S. Senate voted Monday to confirm Nashville attorney Waverly Crenshaw Jr. to a U.S. district court judgeship in Tennessee's Middle District. read full story

Sub News Item 4/7/2016 – The influential chorus of legal conservatives supporting Garland’s nomination
Back in the fall of 2001, liberals considered Miguel Estrada particularly dangerous. Nominated for a lifetime appointment to the second-highest court in the land, Estrada was viewed as young, smart and conservative, and Republicans seemed to be “grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment,” according to a Democratic aide. read full story

Sub News Item 4/7/2016 – Obama goes back to school to pitch Merrick Garland as Supreme Court justice
President Obama takes his campaign to confirm a Supreme Court justice to the same University of Chicago law school where he taught before he was elected to the Senate. read full story

Sub News Item 4/2/2016 – 2 Republican Senators Revoke Support for Garland Hearings
The wall of Republican opposition to the nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court has been shored up by two Republican senators revoking their support for holding confirmation hearings. read full story

Sub News Item 4/5/2016 – Reid: Rare procedural tactic an option to move Supreme Court nominee
Democrats say they may force Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, onto the Senate floor for a vote with an unusual procedural tactic known as a discharge resolution. read full story

Sub News Item 4/4/2016 – Supreme Court Is Working Hard to Avoid Deadlocks, Kagan Says
The Supreme Court, facing the prospect of an extended stretch with an eight-member bench, is “working really hard” to reach consensus and avoid deadlocks, Justice Elena Kagan said on Monday. read full story

Sub News Item 4/4/2016 – Dynamics Are Shifting in an 8-Member Supreme Court
It was February, and Justice Antonin Scalia had just died. Responding to a question about how the Supreme Court would cope with just eight members, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was sanguine. “We will deal with it,” he said. read full story

Sub News Item 4/4/2016 – The Daily 202: Republicans keep door open to confirm Merrick Garland during the lame duck
Even as they hold the line in refusing to grant the president’s Supreme Court nominee a hearing before November, two dozen Republican senators either support or do not rule out allowing a vote to confirm Merrick Garland during the lame-duck session. read full story

Sub News Item 4/4/2016 – Garland’s gun record has been distorted by NRA, Second Amendment experts say
Since Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court two weeks ago, few groups have been more strongly opposed to his confirmation than gun rights supporters. read full story

Sub News Item 3/29/2016 – Senators who won’t meet with Garland are ‘too closed-minded,’ says GOP’s Kirk
The first Republican senator to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee said Tuesday that GOP colleagues who are refusing to meet with Merrick B. Garland are “too closed-minded” and that he could possibly vote to confirm Garland. read full story

Sub News Item 3/24/2016 – Grassley ad misinforms Iowans over Supreme Court
A group is running television advertisements in Iowa on behalf of Sen. Chuck Grassley saying that he wants “the people” to select the next U.S. Supreme Court justice to replace the Honorable Antonin Scalia, via this year’s presidential election. Grassley justifies refusing to hold hearings as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee on President Obama’s distinguished nominee, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, for this reason even though Garland has received support from distinguished Republicans such as Ken Starr and Sen. Orrin Hatch. read full story

Sub News Item 3/24/2016 – Sen. Tester, other panelists speak at UM on US Supreme Court vacancy
“It’s truly time for Congress to do their damn job,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said. read full story

Sub News Item 3/21/2016 – John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy
Last month, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. delivered some blunt remarks about the Supreme Court confirmation process. The Senate should ensure that nominees are qualified, he said, and leave politics out of it. read full story

Sub News Item 3/15/2016 – In Federal Courts, Fewer Lawsuits But a Longer Wait
Lawsuits filed in federal court declined about 6% in fiscal 2015, but the number of pending civil cases continued to grow, albeit more slowly, according to data released by Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on Tuesday. read full story

Sub News Item 3/16/2016 – Merrick Garland Is Named As President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
Federal appeals court judge Merrick Brian Garland is President Obama's pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. read full story

Sub News Item 3/11/2016 – Fight over Supreme Court vacancy comes to Tennessee
The battle over the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy spilled into Tennessee this week when Senate Republicans blocked an effort to fill an opening on the federal bench in Nashville. read full story

Sub News Item 3/13/2016 – White House preps Supreme Court battle plan
As soon as President Barack Obama announces a Supreme Court nominee from his short list — which is now set — the White House and its allies will unleash a coordinated media and political blitz aimed at weakening GOP resistance to confirming the president's pick. read full story

Sub News Item 3/10/2016 – Republican Threats and the Supreme Court
On Monday, John Cornyn, the senior Republican senator from Texas, warned President Obama that if he dares to name a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court, the nominee “will bear some resemblance to a piñata.” read full story

Sub News Item 3/9/2016 – Republicans Are Even Blocking Their Own Nominees Now
The level of obstruction in the Senate hit a new level of absurdity on Wednesday, as a Democratic effort to confirm a federal judge with strong support from his GOP senators and who unanimously cleared the Judiciary Committee was denied a vote. read full story

Sub News Item 3/9/2016 – Senators square off over Supreme Court vacancy
Senators traded sharp words Wednesday over the Supreme Court vacancy standoff as the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first meeting since Justice Antonin Scalia's death last month. read full story

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