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July 17, 2013 10:11 AM Appointments: The Goal Isn't to Defeat Nominations; It's to Delay Them in the Senate

Following the Senate nominations deal, which seemingly happened late last night or early this morning, the White House needed replacement nominees for the two NLRB picks who were the losers in the compromise. And what do you know: they were...

By Jonathan Bernstein

July 10, 2013 7:52 AM Do We Finally Have a Fix on Executive Branch Nominations?

I wrote recently about what, from my perspective, is the very good news about Senate reform -- it appears that Harry Reid and the Democrats are now planning to decouple judicial and executive branch nominations, with the current plan to...

By Jonathan Bernstein

June 04, 2013 8:15 AM Judges, Please

NYT last Monday: White House officials declined to say who Mr. Obama’s choices will be ahead of an announcement that could come this week, but leading contenders for the spots appear to include Cornelia T. L. Pillard, a law professor...

By Jonathan Bernstein

March 07, 2013 10:09 AM Filibusters and Judges

The Senate yesterday defeated cloture on the Caitlin Halligan nomination for the DC Circuit Court. The vote was 51-41, with Harry Reid switching to "no" for procedural reasons. I don't know the details of the vote yet; last time she...

By Jonathan Bernstein

March 07, 2013 9:14 AM Droning On: Rand Paul's “Talking Filibuster”

Sen. Rand Paul has just completed his nearly thirteen hour filibuster against John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA.   Breaking off his filibuster (because, he inferred, he had to pee), Rand was heralded for bringing back the “talking filibuster.” ...

By Sarah Binder