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“Half of all Americans — over 130 million of us — live in judicial districts or circuits that have a vacancy that would be filled today if this obstruction of judicial nominations would end,” wrote Brad Jenkins, the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. “This unwarranted obstructionism, as you well know, is detrimental to our courts and the lives of millions of Americans.”
In 37 of the 97 vacancies (81 in district courts and 16 in circuit courts), the courts have declared emergencies because of the length of vacancy and backlog of cases.
The meeting will take place the same day the Senate is set to vote on three judges, the last beneficiaries of a deal between Republicans and Democrats to allow confirmation votes to more than a dozen potential appointees who have already cleared the Judiciary Committee but whose confirmations have been stuck for months.
Those nominations are: U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kristine Gerhard Baker to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas and John Lee to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Gov. Tomblin keeping Obama at arm’s length
CHARLESTON — Count Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as another West Virginia Democrat who’s keeping his distance from President Obama.
In a statement, Mr. Tomblin said Mr. Romney’s positions on Medicare and Social Security would burden West Virginia families. And he criticized Mr. Obama’s support for energy policies that do not favor coal, the backbone of West Virginia’s economy.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III has taken a similar stance as Mr. Obama, who is unpopular in the state, seeks a second term.
Mr. Manchin preceded Mr. Tomblin as governor. Both face low-profile opponents in the state’s primary election Tuesday.
Billy Graham endorses effort against gay marriage
RALEIGH — The Rev. Billy Graham urged North Carolina voters Wednesday to support a marriage amendment to the state constitution, a move that an observer said was highly unusual but another said was in keeping with the minister’s moral beliefs.
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