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    Senate Republicans on Monday filibustered President Obama's third and final nominee to sit on the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, leaving the chamber gridlocked and raising the possibility that Democrats will employ the "nuclear option" to change the chamber's rules.

  • **FILE** President Obama walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Obama adds 3 judicial picks to appeals court

    Raising the stakes in a long-simmering battle with Senate Republicans, President Obama Tuesday nominated three more judicial candidates to serve on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a White House official confirmed.

  • Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his legal team arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington on Feb. 20, 2013. Jackson and his wife were to appear in federal court to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. (Associated Press)

    Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in campaign case

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  • Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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