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  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to announce the judicial nominations including Patricia Ann Millett, right, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Senate Democrats have approved a key judicial nominee from President Barack Obama, the first nomination cleared since they weakened Senate filibuster rules.The Senate voted 56-38 to approve Millett's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Senate confirms Obama judge following filibuster rule change

    The Senate confirmed Patricia Millett to the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, making her the first of President Obama's judicial picks to be approved since Democrats changed filibuster rules that potentially will usher in a new era of how nominees are confirmed.

  • **FILE** Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican (Associated Press)

    Senate GOP blocks key Obama judge, signals renewed fight over court nominees

    Senate Republicans on Thursday filibustered one of President Obama's nominees to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, arguing that although the woman is well-qualified, confirmation would allow Democrats to shift the political balance to the left on the country's second most important court.

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