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6/17/2015 - BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Takes Oath of Office
Attorney General Loretta Lynch took the oath of office today, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the role....

9/23/2014 - Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support
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6/2/2014 - Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts
The make-up of the thirteen US federal appeals courts experienced a marked change under the Obama Administration....

11/21/2013 - Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules WASHINGTON --The U.S....

11/12/2013 - Feminist Groups Condemn Senate Republicans for Extending War on Women to Judicial Nominations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2013 Feminist Majority and Allies Call for Up-or-Down Vote on Nina Pillard WASHINGTON -- Feminist Majority, The National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Black Women's Roundtable today deplored the Senate Republican leadership extending the War on Women to judicial nominations....

3/4/2013 - Obama Quickens Judicial Appointments, Expands Diversity
President Obama has increased his number of judicial appointments in an attempt to diversify the federal judiciary....

12/7/2011 - Senate Republicans Filibuster Obama's Appellate Court Nominee
Yesterday in a vote of 54 to 45, almost entirely along party lines, Senate Republicans filibustered Caitlin Joan Halligan, one of President Obama's nominees for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia....

10/14/2011 - Alison Nathan Confirmed to Serve on US District Court
Yesterday the US Senate confirmed Alison Nathan to serve on the U.S....

8/19/2011 - White House Fights Back on Judicial Nominations
The White House, with an unprecedented number of blocked judicial appointments, has released a new blog post, which reveals that the Republican blocking maneuvers are costing the government $1.4 billion detaining prisoners awaiting trial alone....

8/9/2011 - President Obama Increases Judicial Diversity, Faces Confirmation Delays
President Obama, who has nominated more ethnic minorities and women for federal judge positions than any other president, has dramatically increased judicial diversity during his term, despite low rates of confirmation of his nominees....

12/17/2010 - Four Judicial Nominees Confirmed
Yesterday, the Senate confirmed four of President Obama's district court nominations, two of whom were women, in a unanimous vote....

5/14/2009 - Women Dominate Supreme Court Nominee Short List
White House sources have confirmed a six-person short list of potential Supreme Court nominees being considered by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter....

10/31/2007 - Bush Judicial Nominees �Going Backwards in Diversity
Not only are President George W Bush's nominees to the federal bench driving the court backwards on civil rights and women's rights issues ideologically but an examination of his judicial nominations by race and class reveals that significantly fewer women and African Americans are being named....

1/10/2007 - Controversial Bush Judicial Nominees Withdrawn
Less than two months after re-nominating four controversial Court of Appeals nominees during the lame duck session, President Bush did not include these men in his first list of judicial nominees to the new Congress....

12/12/2005 - UPDATE: Frist Threatens Use of So-Called 'Nuclear Option'
UPDATE: Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) challenged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on the floor of the Senate today, asking where in the Constitution was it written that a nominee has the right to an up or down vote....

10/4/2005 - Bush Implies He Never Talked to Miers About Abortion
In a rare press conference today, President Bush implied that he has never discussed abortion with Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers....

7/19/2005 - BULLETIN: President Bush Nominates Right-Wing John Roberts to Supreme Court
President Bush nominated DC Circuit Court Judge John Roberts to the US Supreme Court....

7/6/2005 - Senators Differ on Impact of Nuclear Option on Supreme Court Nomination
With Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, Senators on both sides have begun to discuss the potential impact of the so-called "nuclear option" and the deal that took it off the table in May....

6/15/2005 - Title IX Opponent Confirmed to US Court of Appeals
The Senate confirmed yet another of President Bush's conservative judicial nominees on Tuesday....

6/8/2005 - Senate Confirms Janice Rogers Brown to DC Circuit
On a vote of 56 to 43, the US Senate today confirmed Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....

5/25/2005 - Anti-Women's Rights Judge Confirmed in Senate
Priscilla Owen, an anti-women's rights and civil rights nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed today in the Senate by a 56-43 vote....

5/24/2005 - Abuse of Raw Power by Senate Republicans and the President Slowed
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority Arlington, Virginia The Senate deal stops for now Majority Leader Frists nuclear option....

5/24/2005 - Senate Deal Protects Filibuster, For Now
Fourteen Democrats and Republicans in the Senate struck a deal last night that averts the so-called nuclear option and preserves the right to filibuster judicial nominees for now....

5/23/2005 - Nuclear Vote Countdown
The Senate is less than a day away from a vote that could change the rules of the Senate to ban all filibusters of judicial nominees, including Supreme Court nominees....

5/23/2005 - Howard Dean Favors State-by-State Ethical Rules on Late-Term Abortions
In an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean said that he favored state-by-state ethical rules governing late-term abortions....