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Trump’s ability to reshape the judiciary may be overstated (Part 1 – Appellate Courts)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7:30pm 1/7/2018 at 7:30pm
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Year One of President Trump’s much-vaunted “judge story” was far more successful than anyone could have expected.

Trump nominated and confirmed more appellate circuit court judges in his first year than any modern president. His judges were, on average, just 50 years old and all of them were well-credentialed conservatives. Several are potential...

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Bannon v. Trump v. Bannon

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:01pm 1/3/2018 at 3:01pm

This flame war between Trump and former aide Steve Bannon is something else.

An article published in The Guardian Wednesday lifted passages from a new book ‘Fire and Fury’ by Michael Wolff. Bannon was quoted heavily in the book, calling the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians “treasonous.”
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Senate Panel Rejects Trump’s EX-IM Bank Leader Nominee

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:40am 12/19/2017 at 11:40am
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The Senate Banking Committee has rejected President Donald Trump’s nominee Scott Garrett to run the US Export-Import (EX-IM) Bank after two Republicans defected.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Mark Rounds (R-SD) sided with the Democr...

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Another Vacancy on 9th Circuit – Judge Alex Kozinski Retires After Accusations of (Sexual) Misconduct

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 18, 2017 at 4:00pm 12/18/2017 at 4:00pm
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Alex Kozinski was perhaps the most well-known member of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and was its former Chief Judge.

It’s hard to characterize Judge Kozinski in terms of the political conservative/liberal split. He was nominated by Ronald Reagan, but because he was on the 9th Circuit, popular opinion tends to...

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Action Alert: Anti-Israel Lobby intensifies campaign against nomination of anti-Semitism scholar Ken Marcus

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/17/2017 at 8:00pm

Last week the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee concluded its hearings regarding the confirmation of Kenneth L. Marcus, President Trump’s pick for the position of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.

We noted in a post back in October, when the White House first announced the nomination,...

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Proposed Senate rule change may speed through Trump nominees

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00am 12/15/2017 at 7:00am

Donald Trump took office with the unprecedented ability to reshape the federal judiciary, with over 100 vacancies as of the Inauguration. Trump had the possibility of nominating in just one term in office nearly half the federal judiciary.

Democrats’ removal of the judicial filibuster in 2013 (the so-called Nuclear Option) cleared the...

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Tweetin’ Texan Don Willett confirmed to 5th Circuit, despite Dems playing War on Women card

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 5:33pm 12/13/2017 at 5:33pm

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett was confirmed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today. Justice Willett is best known for his Twitter account, where he stays away from politics, and is quite funny. Kemberlee put together a Best of (Future SCOTUS?) Justice Don Willett’s Twitter Feed.

As we previously reported, during confirmation...

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Drama Surrounding Omarosa Manigault’s Departure From the White House

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 1:00pm 12/13/2017 at 1:00pm
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Fired? Resigned? Conflicting reports have come out over Omarosa Manigault Newman’s departure as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liasion. The White House said her last day is January 20. From Politico:

“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” the White House said in a statement....

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Judicial Voterama: Grasz confirmed (8th Cir.), Willett advances to floor vote (5th Cir.)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/12/2017 at 8:00pm

The “judge story” that Trump crowed about in October continues apace.

Tonight the Senate confirmed Leonard Steven Grasz, by a 50–48 vote, to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.  Grasz had received a unanimous “Not Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, an influential legal organization...

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Seven Months Later it’s Clear: Trump Made Great Choice in Neil Gorsuch

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00am 11/28/2017 at 7:00am
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There is still a “never-Trump” faction among conservatives, but for all their complaints about the president, there is one simple truth they cannot escape. If Trump hadn’t won the election, we wouldn’t have Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Trump adds 5 conservative judges to shortlist of potential SCOTUS nominees

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8:30pm 11/17/2017 at 8:30pm
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I noted yesterday that Chuck Grassley finally appears ready to clear the backlog in Judiciary Committee hearings on Appeals and District court judicial nominees, by preventing withholding of “blue slips” from becoming de facto filibusters, Chuck Grassley rips up “blue slip” stall, Al Franken left groping for alternative delay tactic.

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Chuck Grassley rips up “blue slip” stall, Al Franken left groping for alternative delay tactic

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm 11/16/2017 at 7:30pm
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I recently noted frustration with Democrat delay tactics for judicial nominations, including the withholding of “blue slips” to prevent confirmation proceedings to proceed, Trump judicial confirmations moving along, but not fast enough:

Every single vacant seat should be filled as quickly as possible. Some progress is not good enough. Grassley and McConnell need...

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Trump Picks Former Drug Executive Alex Azar as Health Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:30am 11/13/2017 at 11:30am
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President Donald Trump has picked former drug executive Alex Azar for Health and Human Services secretary to replace Tom Price, who resigned in September after questions arose of his use of private jets.

Azar served as HHS deputy secretary in President George W. Bush’s administration from 2005 to 2007 when Mike Leavitt...

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Trump judicial confirmations moving along, but not fast enough

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 11:00am 11/12/2017 at 11:00am

In numerous prior posts we have followed the tortuous process of getting Trump federal judicial nominees confirmed. Democrats have thrown down every procedural delay possible, even for nominees they didn’t oppose.

What Democrats fear is that Trump will take advantage of the historic opportunity handed him to reshape the federal judiciary for a...

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Grassley and McConnell need to get moving on judicial confirmations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 10/19/2017 at 4:00pm

The rot in many institutions cannot be undone in one presidential term or even two. In part that’s because of the entrenched permanent bureaucracy, in part because many (if not most) important institutions are not part of government.

Higher Ed is a prime example. Over two generations, faculty hiring and infighting has...

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Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws From Consideration After Opioid Report

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:30am 10/17/2017 at 11:30am
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President Donald Trump has announced that his pick for drug czar Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) has withdrawn from consideration after a report alleges he helped with legislation that makes it harder for the DEA to go after drug companies that allegedly supply corrupt doctors and pharmacies with narcotics like opioids.

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Some worry about anti-Catholic bigotry against 7th Cir. nominee Amy Barrett

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:00pm 9/29/2017 at 1:00pm
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Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett has been nominated to the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Barrett is a former Scalia law clerk.

Barrett’s nomination hearing in early September generated a lot of attention when Democrat Senators attacked her for being a religious Christian. The National Review reported at...

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