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November 29, 2013


It's Still Possible to Block Obama Judicial Nominees

"The decision by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters for most judicial nominations only marginally enhanced President Obama's power to reshape the judiciary, according to court watchers from across the political spectrum, because Republican senators can still veto his nominees to most currently vacant appeals court seats," the New York Times reports.

"The new Senate rule clears the way for eight appeals court nominees who have already had confirmation hearings to win approval with simple majority votes, including three on the powerful Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which reviews federal policies and regulations. But it left unchanged the Senate's 'blue slip' custom, which allows senators to block nominees to judgeships associated with their states."












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