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5/18/2005 - Frist Opens Debate on Far-Right Judge, Could Trigger Nuclear Option
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) opened debate today on Priscilla Owen, an extreme right-wing, anti-women's rights judicial nominee....

5/11/2005 - Nuclear Option Could Receive a Vote as Early as This Week
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced yesterday that he intended to bring the first of several controversial Bush nominees for the federal judiciary to the Senate floor for a vote after passage of a transportation funding bill this week....

4/27/2005 - Republicans Reject Compromise on Judicial Nominees
Senate Republicans yesterday rejected a compromise offered by Democrats on judicial nominees....

4/25/2005 - Republicans Reach to the Far-Right for Support on Nuclear Option
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) appeared on "Justice Sunday: Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith," an evangelical broadcast to fundamentalist churches across the nation on Sunday to garner support for a rule change in the Senate that would eliminate the use of filibusters against judicial nominees....

4/21/2005 - Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Right-Wing Judicial Nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee today on identical party-line votes approved two extreme right-wing Bush nominees to the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, sending them to the full Senate....

4/11/2005 - McCain Opposes So-Called
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said this weekend on CBS Face the Nation that he opposes ending the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees....

4/6/2005 - Reid, Progressive Leaders Rally at Supreme Court
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and womens rights, civil rights, and other progressive leaders and activists rallied at the Supreme Court today to protest the so-called "nuclear option." The "nuclear option" would change the rules of the Senate to prevent filibusters on judicial nominees - including Supreme Court nominees - by requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to close debate and move to a vote on the judges....

3/2/2005 - Senate Holds Hearing on Previously Blocked Right-Wing Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to consider the renomination of William Myers III for a seat on the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals....

2/28/2005 - Specter Voices Opposition to
In a press conference on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that he is not in support of proposed rule changes to limit the power of the Democratic minority in blocking radically conservative judicial nominees....

2/15/2005 - Bush Renominates 7 Judicial Nominees Previously Blocked by Senate Democrats
On Monday, President Bush renominated seven of the ten judicial nominees that were blocked by Democratic filibusters during his first term because of their extreme right-wing records....

1/3/2005 - Bush Renominates Blocked Judicial Nominees
The White House has announced that President Bush intends to renominate 20 of his most controversial picks for the federal courts, including those who were blocked by Democratic filibusters....

12/21/2004 - Republicans Pick Anti-Abortion Senators for Senate Judiciary Committee
The Republican leadership has selected Senator-elect Tom Coburn (R-OK), an advocate of the death penalty for doctors who perform abortions, and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), another strong opponent of abortion rights, to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee....

11/22/2004 - Specter Promises to Support Bush's Judicial Nominees; Earns GOP Endorsement
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) earned the endorsement of his Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to be the committee's chair last Thursday after he released a formal statement saying he would support all of President Bush's judicial nominees, guaranteeing them prompt hearings and floor action....

11/5/2004 - Anti-Choice Leaders Plan to Restrict Abortion Further in Bushs Second Term
Anti-abortion advocates responding to the results of the presidential election announced that with President Bush's win and the Republican Party's increased control of the US Congress, they have hopes that the administration will successfully pursue an anti-choice agenda....

11/4/2004 - New Senate Judiciary Chair Warns Bush
Expected incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-PA) cautioned President Bush not to make any far-right nominations to the US Supreme Court, especially those who would overturn Roe v Wade....

7/21/2004 - Senate Democrats Block Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
Senate Democrats were successful yesterday in blocking yet another radically conservative judicial nominee put forth by the Bush administration, the seventh such extremist to have been blocked by Democratic filibusters....

7/2/2004 - Senate to Vote on Extreme Anti-Choice Judicial Nominee
The Senate has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on the confirmation of James Leon Holmes to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas....

6/25/2004 - Far-Right Nominee Confirmed Bringing Total to 197
Yesterday, the Senate voted 70-27 to confirm far-right Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes to the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals bringing the total number of federal judicial nominees confirmed during Bush's term to 197....

5/24/2004 - FL: First African-American Woman Confirmed on Federal Bench
In a first for Florida, an African-American woman has been confirmed to serve on a federal district court....

5/19/2004 - Senate Democrats, White House Reach Deal on Judicial Nominees
Senate Democrats and the White House announced a deal on Tuesday that will allow 25 federal court nominees to receive votes in the full Senate....

1/20/2004 - Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Filibustered Judge
Bypassing the constitutionally required review of the Senate, President Bush on Friday installed embattled right-wing judge Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as a recess appointment....

11/14/2003 - Women's Rights Leaders Support Current Judicial Filibusters
Women's rights leaders joined women Senators and Senator Tom Daschle (D-ND) today at a press conference at the Capitol supporting current filibusters against anti-women nominees....

11/12/2003 - Democrats Rally to Protect the Federal Judiciary
In an attempt to force votes on the Administration's most extreme judicial nominees, the Republican-led Senate will have 30 hours of debate on judicial nominations starting this evening....

10/29/2003 - Senate Moving Far Right Nominees
Thursday the full Senate will vote on a cloture motion to end debate on a Democratic filibuster of the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Claude Allen to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals....

7/29/2003 - Owen Filibuster Continues, Votes Planned for Estrada, Kuhl, Pryor
As President Bush continues to nominate far-right candidates to fill federal judgeships, Senate Republicans are adding Miguel Estrada and Carolyn Kuhl to their list of planned votes on the Senate floor this week....