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Sep 13, 2011

AP: Obama increases number of female, minority judges

Associated Press

President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation's federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn't selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

Aug 2, 2011

President Obama Nominates Judge Adalberto José Jordán to the United States Court of Appeals

Today, President Obama nominated Judge Adalberto José Jordánto the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

May 26, 2011

Justices Uphold Law Penalizing Hiring of Illegal Immigrants

The New York Times

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Mar 16, 2011

The Judicial Confirmation Crisis: The Threat to Diversity

The Huffington Post

The alarmingly high number of vacancies in the federal judiciary threatens to undermine the administration of justice. Considerable attention has been devoted to the causes and consequences of the Senate's failure to confirm judicial nominees. But remarkably little has been said about the impact of this crisis on the color of the federal bench.

Feb 7, 2011

Democrats, Hoping To Break Through Impasse, Reach Deal On Three Judges

The Huffington Post

In what Senate Democrats are hoping is a sign of forthcoming comity around the politics of filling judicial vacancies, Republicans have agreed not to block the confirmation of three nominees who had been stalled in the last Congress.

Jan 31, 2011

Fla. judge strikes down Obama health care overhaul

The Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

Jan 13, 2011

Democrats Urge GOP to Help Move Nominees

Roll Call

Senate Democrats are appealing to their Republican colleagues to show a new spirit of bipartisanship and help streamline the Senate’s confirmation process for judicial and executive nominees.

Jan 5, 2011

Obama Renominates More Than 40 Judicial Candidates

The Huffington Post

Faced with the prospect of increasingly lengthy court vacancies, the White House on Wednesday formally renominated more than 40 judicial candidates whose possible appointments were left in limbo during the last congressional session.

Dec 27, 2010

Sotomayor protests court's refusal of appeals

USA Today

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has set herself apart from colleagues with her fervent statements protesting the majority's refusal to take some appeals, particularly involving prisoners.

Dec 17, 2010

Advise and Obstruct

The New York Times

Dec 16, 2010

Senate confirms judicial nominees


The Senate unanimously confirmed four of 38 pending judicial nominations Thursday evening, the first of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees to be approved since September.

Dec 14, 2010

A Justice Dept. post that must be filled

The Washington Post

James M. Cole appeared well on his way in July to filling the important No. 2 slot at the Justice Department after earning a favorable vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the full Senate has yet to vote on Mr. Cole's nomination to what is essentially the post of chief operating officer of the mammoth department.

Nov 23, 2010

Judicial vacancies reaching crisis point

The Daily Record

Nov 10, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito Dismisses His Profligate Right-Wing Fundraising As ‘Not Important’

Think Progress

Last night, the American Spectator — a right-wing magazine known for its role in the “Arkansas Project,” a well-funded effort to invent stories with the goal of eventually impeaching President Clinton — held its annual gala fundraising event. Among the attendees toasting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the keynote speaker for the event, was Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito.

Oct 28, 2010

Justice Delayed: The Urgent Need to Fill Federal Judicial Vacancies

Daily Journal

Access to the courts is a basic right for every citizen of the United States, whether that citizen is a business, a government entity, or an individual. This access is being threatened by the continuing delays in filling judgeships in the U.S. District Courts, especially in California. It's time for Democrats and Republicans to put politics aside and help expedite the appointment and approval of qualified candidates. The cure for this problem is straightforward - the speedy confirmation or rejection of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. These nominees deserve a vote, up or down, yea or nay.

Oct 26, 2010

Ruling strikes down part of Arizona Voter ID law

The Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a key part of Arizona's law requiring voters to prove they are citizens before registering to vote and to show identification before casting ballots.

Oct 26, 2010

Follow the campaign money

The Boston Globe

It took just one election for the worst fears of John Paul Stevens to be realized and for us to see how much democracy we have lost. Stevens wrote the blistering dissent in the bitter 5-4 Supreme Court “Citizens United’’ decision in January that lifted restrictions on election campaign spending by corporations and unions.

Oct 18, 2010

A 10th Amendment Drama Fit for Daytime TV Heads to the Supreme Court

The New York Times

The Tea Party’s favorite part of the Constitution — the 10th Amendment, which limits federal power — arrived at the Supreme Court last week. In keeping with the spirit of the times, it came wrapped in the plot of a soap opera. The amendment has played a starring role in challenges to the recent federal health care legislation. But the justices have not made the task of divining their own views particularly easy.

Oct 6, 2010

All Federal Circuit Vacancies Now Have Nominees, but Quick Confirmation Unlikely

National Law Journal

President Barack Obama's recent nomination of Jimmie Reyna for one of three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit covers all open slots and adds a candidate with deep international trade expertise. But court watchers expect that at least two of the confirmations to the 12-judge court, including Reyna's, will stretch into next year.

Oct 2, 2010

Supreme Court Term Offers Hot Issues and Future Hints

The New York Times

The new Supreme Court term, which begins Monday, includes cases on some of the most contested issues of the day, including protests at military funerals, illegal immigration, support for religious schools, violent video games, DNA evidence and prosecutorial misconduct.

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