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Sub News Item 10/20/2016 – White House Press Briefing
Video footage of Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressing the Supreme Court vacancy. read full story

Sub News Item 10/20/2016 – Grassley meets with The Register’s editorial board
Video footage of Senator Chuck Grassley's meeting with the Des Moines Register's Editorial Board. read full story

Sub News Item 10/21/2016 – White House: We welcome lame duck Garland confirmation
The White House said Friday that it welcomes a call from GOP Sen. Jeff Flake to Republican leaders to take up Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination because it looks as if Hillary Clinton is going to win the presidential contest. read full story

Sub News Item 10/20/2016 – Flake says it might be Garland time
Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has maintained for months that Republicans should take up Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination if it looks like the presidential contest is a lost cause for the GOP. read full story

Sub News Item 10/19/2016 – Hatch, Lee say they would not back wholesale block of Clinton high court picks
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee say they will vet whomever the next president — be that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton — appoints to the Supreme Court and not seek to automatically block a Clinton nominee as a fellow Republican senator suggested this week. read full story

Sub News Item 10/19/2016 – Why the Supreme Court is a US election issue
When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate the topic of the Supreme Court in their third debate, they will be outlining their vision for the future of the country well beyond the next presidential term. read full story

Sub News Item 10/19/2016 – McCain’s comment, ad campaign renew Supreme Court debate in Senate race
A new billboard in Des Moines and comments from a Republican colleague have rekindled the debate, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley remains adamant that the U.S. Senate should not hold hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee until next year after a new president and Congress are sworn in. read full story

Sub News Item 10/18/2016 – Grassley: if Clinton wins, senate ‘can’t simply stonewall’ her Supreme Court pick
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley today said if Hillary Clinton’s the next president, he will not “stonewall” any person she nominates for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 10/1/2016 – GOP Admits Obama Judge Count Is More Important Than Fixing Judicial Crises
The record number of judicial emergences in the United States is not the issue that concerns Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). What matters to him, he confirmed this week as Congress left town until after the November elections, is the number of judges the Senate gives to President Barack Obama. read full story

Sub News Item 9/29/2016 – The Supreme Court: A Winning Issue In The Presidential Campaign?
It's been nearly eight months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the nation's highest court short-handed, and evenly divided on some of the most important legal issues of the day. read full story

Sub News Item 9/29/2016 – How Mitch McConnell won the Supreme Court fight

September was not a good month for Merrick Garland. The Obama administration's efforts to reignite interest in the Supreme Court nominee fizzled.

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Sub News Item 9/15/2016 – Texas has a judge problem – not enough on the federal bench
Texas has a problem with judges - mainly that there aren't enough of them on the federal bench. The state has 12 federal judicial openings, the most in the nation, and only five active judges hearing cases in the Eastern District of Texas. read full story

Sub News Item 9/15/2016 – Lucy Koh from South Bay gets Senate panel OK for appeals court
Lucy Koh, who has refereed Silicon Valley wars over patents and employment in six years as a federal judge, moved a step closer to a federal appeals court seat Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 9/14/2016 – Dem senator wants to change nomination rules amid Garland fight
Sen. Tom Udall is proposing changing the Senate rules for voting on judicial nominations, as Democrats double down on an entrenched fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. read full story

Sub News Item 9/7/2016 – Richard Blumenthal: GOP ‘destroying’ supreme court with nomination limbo
A former supreme court law clerk turned US senator warned on Wednesday that Republicans are “aiding and abetting in the destruction of the United States supreme court and the rule of law”. read full story

Sub News Item 9/6/2016 – Barack Obama Just Nominated A Muslim To Be A Federal Judge. That’s A First.
President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating the first Muslim person to the federal judiciary, Abid Qureshi. read full story

Sub News Item 9/6/2016 – Remember Merrick Garland? Supreme Court nominee waits (and waits)
A relaxed Merrick Garland dispensed some advice last month to a roomful of Harvard Law students eager to hear about his journey from litigator to federal prosecutor to top judge on one of the most powerful appellate courts in the country. read full story

Sub News Item 8/20/2016 – Ginsburg: Short-handed Supreme Court ‘not good enough’
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says eight justices on the court is "not good enough" to handle crucial judicial questions that must be resolved soon. read full story

Sub News Item 8/30/2016 – Grassley hints at Supreme Court confirmation hearing in lame duck
Senate Republicans could relent on their hard-line stance in opposition to granting Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Monday. read full story

Sub News Item 8/9/2016 – Fill Supreme Court vacancy: Our view
Seven years ago, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court, 74 days after her nomination by President Obama. Less than a year later, Elena Kagan took her seat on the court, 89 days after being nominated. read full story

Sub News Item 8/9/2016 – End the outrageous delay on Garland’s nomination
It has been almost six months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, and almost five months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the widely respected and centrist chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to succeed him. read full story

Sub News Item 8/8/2016 – Did Obama win the judicial wars?
President Barack Obama was fired up. He had just revealed his Supreme Court nominee in the Rose Garden, and as he began his next meeting with progressive legal activists in the Roosevelt Room, he couldn’t stop rhapsodizing about his choice to cap his judicial legacy. read full story

Sub News Item 7/23/2016 – Beatty’s nomination to be a SC federal judge is stalled
Last February, Obama nominated Spartanburg attorney Don Coggins and Beatty to prestigious federal judgeships in South Carolina. There are currently two vacancies, created by the moves to semi-retired status of U.S. Judges Joe Anderson and Cameron McGowen Currie. read full story

Sub News Item 7/14/2016 – Senate Judiciary approves Judge Nye for Idaho federal judge; Crapo, Risch hoping for full Senate vote in Sept.
Idaho Judge David Nye won unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to confirm his nomination to be Idaho’s next U.S. district judge. He and two other judicial nominees were approved on a voice vote, without discussion. read full story

Sub News Item 7/13/2016 – Senate has confirmed enough judges, Tillis says
U.S. Senate Democrats tried to push 16 judicial nominees to confirmation this afternoon but were denied by North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis. read full story

Sub News Item 7/14/2016 – McConnell’s historic judge blockade
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland may be the most prominent casualty of the GOP-controlled Senate’s election-year resistance on the federal judiciary — but the pace of overall judicial confirmations under Mitch McConnell is on track to become the slowest in more than 60 years. read full story

Sub News Item 7/12/2016 – Senate Panel to Hold 9th Circuit Confirmation Hearing for Judge Lucy Koh
Lucy Koh, a San Jose federal judge who has ruled on some of Silicon Valley’s most important legal battles in recent years, could make history if the Senate confirms her nomination to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. read full story

Sub News Item 7/7/2016 – Judge to take senior status next year creating vacancy in Maine
U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. will take active senior status in the summer of 2017, according to a press release issued Thursday by the federal court. read full story

Sub News Item 7/6/2016 – Senate confirms Superior Court judge from Bergen County to federal court
More than a year after President Obama nominated him, the Senate confirmed state Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Cliffside Park on Wednesday to be a U.S. District Court judge. read full story

Sub News Item 6/21/2016 – American Bar Association: Garland ‘well qualified’ for Supreme Court
"The Standing Committee unanimously concluded that Judge Garland merits our highest rating and is 'Well Qualified' for appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States," said Karol Corbin Walker, chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. read full story

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