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Sub News Item 8/7/2017 – The White House Has Pitched A Nominee For Manhattan’s Powerful US Attorney Opening
The White House is considering Geoffrey Berman, an attorney who practices in New Jersey and New York and one of Rudolph Giuliani’s law partners, to lead the US attorney’s office in Manhattan — one of the most high-profile federal law enforcement jobs in the country. read full story

Sub News Item 8/4/2017 – Mich. senators let Trump appeals judge choice advance
Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said Friday they have returned blue slips for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, allowing her nomination to the federal appellate bench to advance without saying whether they would vote for her. read full story

Sub News Item 8/4/2017 – Trump nominates Steve Grasz for 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
President Donald Trump has nominated Steve Grasz to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. The nomination was applauded by Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, both Nebraska Republicans, who recommended Grasz for the seat. read full story

Sub News Item 8/4/2017 – Trump Appoints Milwaukee Attorney To Long-Standing 7th Circuit Vacancy
President Donald Trump has nominated a Milwaukee lawyer to the nation's longest standing federal appeals court vacancy. Trump announced the nomination of Michael Brennan for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday morning. The seat has been open since 2010. read full story

Sub News Item 8/4/2017 – Donald Trump is Rapidly Reshaping the Nation’s Courts
Donald Trump's mercurial, chaotic ways are the overriding narrative of his early White House days. But most of the press misses his discipline in one crucial area: filling vacancies on federal courts. He may be lax in filling many administrative posts, but it's just not true with the courts. read full story

Sub News Item 8/2/2017 – The Battle for the Judiciary
When Senate Republicans linked arms to keep former President Barack Obama from replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, irate Democrats said the extraordinary move was the capstone of a 16-month GOP campaign: Stop Obama from filling vacancies on the federal bench, by any means necessary. read full story

Sub News Item 8/1/2017 – With fifth judge confirmed, Trump outpaces Obama and Bush
President Trump may be facing a roadblock on the rest of his nominees — but he’s outpacing his predecessors when it comes to getting federal judges confirmed, with his fifth court pick approved by the Senate on Tuesday. Alabama lawyer Kevin Christopher Newsom was confirmed to a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 66-31 vote, with 16 Democrats joining the GOP. read full story

Sub News Item 7/28/2017 – White House Lawyer Is Top Pick For Open Court Seat, And Controversy Could Follow
Deputy White House counsel Gregory Katsas is the leading candidate for a judgeship in one of the most important federal appeals courts in the nation, NPR has learned. While the White House has not yet named its pick for the seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a Katsas nomination would open the door to confirmation hearings that could plumb a series of legal controversies from the first six months of the Trump administration. read full story

Sub News Item 7/12/2017 – Uncertainty swirls around Trump nominations
President Donald Trump is expected to stock the ranks of federal judges and top prosecutor posts with hard-line conservatives. But in Oregon the process has barely started, giving rise to speculation that dark-horse picks could have a chance. read full story

Sub News Item 7/7/2017 – Trump Will Get To Pick A New Judge For A Key Appeals Court
A judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit is stepping down, presenting President Trump with the opportunity to choose at least one judge for a key court that presides over challenges to federal agency actions. Judge Janice Rogers Brown, nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed to the DC Circuit in 2005, will be stepping down, a source familiar with the circumstances told BuzzFeed News on Friday. It was not immediately clear if Brown would take senior status — meaning she’d stay on the bench, but could take a reduced caseload — or retire outright. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Brown will step down. read full story

Sub News Item 7/10/2017 – One of the Biggest Reasons Republicans Stick by Trump
Although he’s been thwarted so far on his legislative agenda before Congress, most notably on health care, President Donald Trump has a big opportunity to reshape another branch of government outside his control: the federal judiciary. He has already moved swiftly to fill an unusual, inherited vacancy on the Supreme Court, and now his aides are working their way through a large number of openings on the lower federal courts. Some of his first picks are up for a Senate committee vote this month. read full story

Sub News Item 7/4/2017 – Why the Koch brothers want to kill an obscure Senate rule to help shape the federal courts
The influential donor network tied to billionaire Charles Koch is taking aim at a longstanding Senate tradition that allows Democratic senators to block judicial nominees from their states, as conservatives race to seize on one-party control of Washington to rapidly reshape the federal judiciary. read full story

Sub News Item 7/4/2017 – Trump Appeals Court Nominee Draws Fire For Blog Posts
Louisville lawyer John Bush is still awaiting a vote on his confirmation by President Donald Trump to be a judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. During hearings last month, he dodged questions dealing with controversial blog posts he penned under a pseudonym. read full story

Sub News Item 7/4/2017 – Trump’s Michigan judicial nominee hits a snag
The Senate Judiciary Committee has not taken up the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen nearly two months after her selection for the federal appellate bench — a development that concerns her supporters. read full story

Sub News Item 6/28/2017 – Trump’s judicial nominee from Louisville ducks questions about his controversial blog posts
Trying to save his nomination to a federal appeals court, Louisville attorney John K. Bush has evaded questions about blog posts in which he equated abortion with slavery as America’s greatest tragedies, denounced gay marriage and embraced other conservative views. read full story

Sub News Item 6/26/2017 – To Ram Through Judges, GOP Senators Consider Yielding Power to Trump White House
With the White House’s initial batch of 11 nominations for lifetime appointments—with most of the names taken from lists compiled by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation—before the U.S. Senate, Republicans there are warning that they may change the rules to push them through over Democratic objections. read full story

Sub News Item 6/23/2017 – Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Trying To Rush Through Trump’s Judicial Nominees
At this time last year, Democrats were accusing Republicans of dragging their feet on President Obama’s judicial nominees. Now, Democrats say Republicans are rushing to push through President Trump’s picks. The Senate Judiciary Committee this week scheduled a June 28 confirmation hearing for two of Trump’s lower court nominees — Trevor McFadden and Timothy Kelly, both nominated for seats on the federal district court in Washington, DC. read full story

Sub News Item 6/22/2017 – Democrats raise alarm on Senate judicial confirmation hearing
The Senate Judiciary Committee is plowing ahead with confirmation hearings for two of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal courts next week, almost certainly without formal ratings from the American Bar Association — a move infuriating Democrats who say the nonpartisan group needs more time to rate Trump’s judicial candidates. read full story

Sub News Item 6/22/2017 – Donald Trump Is In The Perfect Position To Dramatically Remake The Courts
Most days, it seems like President Donald Trump is sabotaging his own agenda, one tweet at a time. But the White House has been quietly plowing ahead in one area that will affect generations of people: the courts. Trump is unbelievably well-positioned to fill up federal courts with lifetime judges. He inherited a whopping 108 court vacancies when he became president ― double the number of vacancies President Barack Obama inherited when he took office. read full story

Sub News Item 6/15/2017 – Senators Grill Trump Judicial Nominees On Provocative Blog Posts
"The Case of the Bloviating Bloggers." That might be an apt title for the mini-drama that took place Wednesday when two judicial nominees came before the Senate Judiciary Committee, among the first batch President Trump has sent to the Senate for confirmation. read full story

Sub News Item 6/14/2017 – Feinstein defends blue-slip tactic to block judges
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is warning Republicans against cutting back on the rights of home-state senators to block judicial nominees through a process known as the blue slip. read full story

Sub News Item 6/14/2017 – Trump judicial nominee says political blogging won’t affect his rulings
Federal appeals court nominee John K. Bush told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that his political beliefs, previously expressed in blog posts, would not affect his approach to judging. "Blogging is a political activity," Bush said during hearings on his 6th Circuit Court of Appeals nomination Wednesday. "It is not appropriate to bring politics to the bench. And if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed, I will not bring politics to the bench." read full story

Sub News Item 6/13/2017 – Judicial Nominees Draw Criticism for Political Comments
Past comments from two of President Donald Trump’s judicial picks have raised concerns from liberal advocacy groups, as one nominee called Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy a “judicial prostitute,” and another wrote anonymously that Sen. Ted Cruz was a “sore loser.” read full story

Sub News Item 6/7/2017 – Trump nominates U.S. District Court judge in Fargo to federal appeals court
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced that President Trump has nominated U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson to a seat on the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Erickson was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003 to the U.S. District Court here, the trial court level in the federal judicial system. Previously Erickson served as a state district judge for the East Central Judicial District in Cass County and as a magistrate judge and county judge. read full story

Sub News Item 6/6/2017 – How Trump is Stalling His Own Nominees
President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats for allegedly stalling his appointments and agenda, but it’s his own administration that is frequently sitting on the necessary paperwork for nominees. Trump tapped Kevin McAleenan on March 30 to lead Customs and Border Protection, a critical position for his drive to revamp U.S. immigration policy. But the White House didn’t formally submit his nomination to the Senate for confirmation until May 22, nearly eight weeks later. read full story

Sub News Item 6/5/2017 – Ohio senators announce commission to recommend federal judge nominees
Ohio's senators on Monday announced a 28-member commission that will make recommendations on who should fill two open seats on the state's federal bench in the state's northern and southern districts. The bipartisan commission contains many familiar names in state politics, attorneys from some of the states biggest law firms and representatives of some of the state's largest companies. read full story

Sub News Item 5/25/2017 – Rubio, Nelson propose expansion of federal judgeships
Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson today proposed adding a number of federal judges to the state. They introduced the "Florida Federal Judicial Relief Act, legislation that would authorize one, six, and three additional judgeships in the northern, middle, and southern districts of Florida, respectively," according to a release. read full story

Sub News Item 5/25/2017 – Senate confirms Trump’s conservative pick for 6th Circuit Appeals court
President Donald Trump is on his way to leaving a conservative imprint on the federal judiciary with the confirmation of Amul Thapar, his first judge to the lower courts, and a renewed willingness from Republicans to sidestep a century-old custom involving judicial nominees. read full story

Sub News Item 5/25/2017 – Senate Republicans likely to change custom that allows Democrats to block judicial choices
Senate Republicans are threatening to change a custom that allows Democratic senators to block some judicial choices from their states, in an effort to speed along a conservative transformation of the federal judiciary. read full story

Sub News Item 5/18/2017 – Senate Judiciary Committee approves Amul Thapar for 6th Circuit
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 on Thursday to approve Judge Amul Thapar for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Thapar on Thursday as an "independent" and "fair-minded" judge who will do right for both the "rich and poor." read full story

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