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Latest Abe Fortas Items
This week's "nuclear option" debate about whether U.S. senators should be permitted to filibuster presidential nominations was not about filibusters.
Senate Republican leaders on Monday delivered a major blow to President Obama's ability to fill high-level federal judicial openings, making good on a threat to block votes on circuit court nominations until next year.
An aggressive White House drive to move stalled judicial nominees through the Senate is galvanizing activists on the left for an election-year fight to fill the bench with President Obama's picks while Republicans are vowing to block what they view as Democratic overreach.