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  • Judge Droney Taking Senior Status in June, Giving Trump Another 2nd Circuit Pick

    04/16/2019 11:56:36 PM PDT · by Jaysin · 7 replies
    Law.com ^ | 4-15-2019 | Colby Hamilton
    U.S. Circuit Judge Christopher Droney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit plans to take senior status at the end of June, providing President Donald Trump with yet another appointment opportunity, the judge confirmed to the New York Law Journal Monday. The Hartford-based appellate judge said the decision was driven by a desire to spend more time with his family, including grandchildren. He said while he’ll be taking senior status, he expected to remain an active member of the court and to continue to participate fully. “It’s been a privilege for me to be on the court...
  • 'Personnel business': Mitch McConnell says Senate to focus on confirming Trump nominees

    04/07/2019 10:35:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2019 | Lisa Mascaro - AP
    <p>WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year. But the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the expense of any big legislative priorities.</p> <p>Nearly 100 days into the new Congress, the drive to confirm is adding more conservatives to the courts and putting more Trump appointees in government offices. But Trump’s promises to replace the Affordable Care Act, invest in infrastructure or cut middle class taxes have been essentially shelved.</p>
  • Trump reshapes long-liberal 9th Circuit, as Republican-appointed judges gain seats on court

    04/02/2019 5:10:07 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Greg Re
    For the first time in more than three decades, Republican-appointed judges will soon occupy nearly half the seats on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- dealing a setback to progressive legal advocates who have long seen the court as a safe bet for favorable rulings. The radical transformation of the San Francisco-based court is largely the result of President Trump's aggressive push to nominate conservative judges and bypass traditional consultations with Senate Democrats -- a practice that has led to repeated howls of protest from California's two Democratic senators, Kamala Harris and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein....
  • Senate Rules Change (30 to 2 hours cloture) for “Debating” Nominees - Vote Today at 2:15pm

    04/02/2019 10:21:20 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 19 replies
    C-SPAN2 | April 2, 2019 | Self
    Very long overdue change needed to overcome Senate Democrats’ 2-year MASSIVE OBSTRUCTION against President Trump’s nominees.
  • Feinstein fumes as Trump administration pushes forward with 9th Circuit nominees

    03/31/2019 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2019 | Gregg Re
    The Senate is poised this week to consider two more conservative nominees selected by President Trump to sit on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- and the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee isn't happy about it. That's because the nominees, Ken Lee and Dan Collins, were picked without any input from either Dianne Feinstein or Kamala Harris, California's two Democrat senators. Traditionally, the White House seeks to obtain a so-called "blue slip," or approval, from a judicial nominee's two home-state senators before pressing on with their nominations. But the Trump administration, which has successfully nominated several conservative...
  • Judge rules Trump executive order allowing offshore drilling in Arctic Ocean unlawful

    03/30/2019 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 120 replies
    CNN ^ | March 30, 2019 | Kevin Bohn
    A federal judge in Alaska has ruled an executive order by President Donald Trump allowing offshore oil drilling of tens of millions of acres in the Arctic Ocean is "unlawful and invalid." The ruling on Friday from US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason means a drilling ban for much of the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska will go back into effect. On April 28, 2017, Trump issued an executive order reversing three memoranda and one executive order in 2015 and 2016 by then President Barack Obama withdrawing about 125 million acres of the Arctic Ocean from oil leasing. The Obama...
  • U.S. Senate Executive Calendar Thursday March 28, 2019

    03/28/2019 7:50:26 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 5 replies
    United States Senate ^ | March 28 2019 | US Senate
    UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT Nicole R. Nason (Cal. No. 9) Ordered, That at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mary 28, 2019, the Senate proceed to executive session and consideration of the nomination of Nicole R. Nason, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Ordered further, That there be 15 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form and that following the use or yielding back of time the Senate vote on the nomination with no intervening action or debate; that if confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table and the President...
  • 9th Circuit sinks Kate Steinle parents' lawsuit against 'sanctuary city'

    03/26/2019 6:12:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 26, 2019 | Caitlin Yilek
    A federal appeals court ruled Monday the parents of Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in 2015, cannot sue San Francisco for the "sancutary city’s" failure to tell immigration officials about the shooter’s release. Steinle’s parents alleged San Francisco and the city’s former sheriff shared the blamed for their daughter’s death because officials did not notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement when Jose Ines Garcia Zarate got out of jail.
  • Trump-picked 9th Circuit judge clears last hurdle to confirmation, with more nominees in pipeline

    03/25/2019 7:31:49 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2019 | Gregg Re
    Another of President Trump's nominees to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday, as the White House continues its push to transform the key left-leaning appellate court that the president repeatedly has derided as hopelessly biased and "disgraceful." By a 77-20 vote, the Senate invoked cloture to end debate on Trump's nomination of Arizona-based Magistrate Judge Bridget Bade, a former clerk to conservative 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones. Bade is slated to replace Bill Clinton-nominated Judge Barry Silverman, who has been on senior status since late 2016 -- effectively...
  • Republicans to Change Senate Rules to Stop Democrat Obstruction of Trump Nominees

    03/12/2019 6:46:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 12,2019 | Ken Klukowski
    WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Republicans are preparing to reinterpret Senate Rules in coming weeks to reduce the number of hours required to confirm presidential nominations, responding to Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of President Trump’s nominees for both the judiciary and the Executive Branch. In fact, that is what Senate Democrats are doing now. Judges are being slow-walked, with more cloture votes being required in two years for President Trump’s picks than all the judicial nominations of every previous president combined since the filibuster was created in the late 1800s. Similarly, hundreds of the 1,200 Senate-confirmed positions in the Trump administration are...
  • Confirmation of Lowenstein’s Paul Matey Flips 3rd Circuit to Republicans

    03/12/2019 2:28:09 PM PDT · by ScottfromNJ · 44 replies
    New Jersey Law Journal ^ | March 12, 2019 | Charles Toutant
    The U.S. Senate voted by a 54-45 margin on Tuesday to confirm Paul Matey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. With Matey’s confirmation, the Third Circuit shifts to a 7-6 majority of Republican appointees, making it the first court of appeals in the nation to see its composition switch under Trump, who has been clear on his goal to remake the federal judiciary with conservative judges. Trump previously appointed Stephanos Bibas and David Porter to the 14-member court of appeals. On Monday, after a vote to close debate on the Matey nomination was split on party...
  • Trump's conservative judges begin takeover of federal appeals courts

    03/12/2019 1:40:08 PM PDT · by Jaysin · 25 replies
    Philly Enquirer ^ | 3-12-2019 | Jonathan Tamari
    An attorney who helped Gov. Chris Christie’s administration handle fallout from the “Bridgegate” investigation was confirmed Tuesday to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia, despite vigorous objections from New Jersey’s two Democratic senators. Paul Matey, a former deputy chief counsel under Christie, became only the second judge since at least 1979 to be confirmed while both of his home state senators opposed him — a further break with Senate tradition, which for decades has given deference to senators in both parties when it came to judicial nominees from their states.
  • Three Judges Confirmed This Week

    03/09/2019 1:43:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    This will be a weekly post. The count is now 89 judges confirmed. 53 District Court judges 34 Circuit Court judges 2 Supreme Court justices McConnell has teed up at least three more for next week and the Judiciary Committee sent two more to the floor. Trump has now appointed 20% of the Circuit courts and 10% of the Judiciary overall.
  • Former AG Eric Holder: Dems should pack the court if they win Senate in 2020

    03/08/2019 6:52:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2019 | Rick Moran
    One of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives is how both view the Constitution. Conservatives believe that adhering to constitutional principles. if not the letter and spirit of the document, should be the guiding force of government. Liberals, on the other hand, see the Constitution as an impediment - something to be gotten around. Keep that difference in mind when you hear what former Attorney General Eric Holder had to say about the Supreme Court. Daily Beast: Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the next Democratic president should “seriously” consider adding additional seats to the United...
  • DOJ to pause hiring of immigration judges due to budget constraints

    03/06/2019 9:05:24 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/06/19 | John Bowden
    The Trump administration is reportedly planning to freeze the hiring of immigration judges at the Justice Department due to a budgetary shortfall that has left the department searching for resources to combat the massive backlog of immigration cases it faces. BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday evening that the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, James McHenry, told immigration court staff earlier in the day that the department is "considerably short of being able to fulfill all of our current operational needs" due to the timing of 2019's budget process. As a result, the DOJ will not be able to...
  • Senate confirms Trump nominee for 9th Circuit Court over Democrats' objections

    02/26/2019 10:25:19 PM PST · by Jaysin · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-26-2019 | Lisa Mascaro and Gene Johnson
    WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to be a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote. The Seattle attorney, Eric Miller, was confirmed 53-46, as the Republican-led Senate focuses on reshaping the federal judiciary in the Trump era. The appeals court oversees the Western states and is often a target of Trump’s complaints about the judicial branch. Miller was nominated last year but faced opposition from Democrats, in part over his views on issues of tribal sovereignty. Among those objecting were Washington state’s two Democratic senators. Aides say Miller’s confirmation...
  • Left To State Supreme Court Candidate: You Can’t Be A Good Judge Because You’re A Christian

    02/18/2019 1:57:10 PM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 18, 2019 | Joy Pullmann
    Judge Brian Hagedorn is being publicly trashed for being on the board of a small Christian school, and for blog posts when he was in law school discussing court cases about abortion and gay sex. With six weeks left until election day in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race, several far-left organizations are using media outlets to amplify a smear campaign against a judge based on his Christianity. Brian Hagedorn, a current Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge and former Scott Walker legal counsel, is being publicly trashed for being on the board of a small Christian school, and for blog posts when...
  • Immigration judges say they’re leaving jobs because of Trump policies

    02/13/2019 7:55:01 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/19 | Rachel Frazin
    Immigration judges are reportedly leaving their roles or anticipating their departures citing sweeping changes to the court under Trump administration policies, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday. Judges told the outlet that they and their colleagues are departing their posts due to concerns about their jobs becoming politicized, as well as the increasing backlog driven in part by the administration's policies ending immigration judges' ability to indefinitely suspend certain cases and new restrictions on when asylum can be granted. BuzzFeed reported that the case backlog for immigration judges has reached more than 800,000 under the Trump administration, while wait times have reached...
  • The Constitution Rejects the Premise of Judicial Supremacy. So Should All Americans.

    02/12/2019 8:45:08 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 12, 2019 | Carson Holloway
    Americans today are inclined to accept, without thinking much about it, the idea of judicial supremacy. We think that the federal courts—and especially the Supreme Court—have an extensive discretion to decide for us the big questions of public policy that come before the nation. After all, the Supreme Court has taken upon itself the authority to decide whether and to what extent abortion may be regulated, and, more recently, to decide the definition of marriage. Moreover, we think that that court’s decisions on such questions are final, that there is no way the people or their representatives can effectively assert...
  • Harris, Feinstein fume after White House re-nominates two conservative California judges

    01/31/2019 9:59:49 AM PST · by JME_FAN · 51 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | Alex Pappas
    California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris lashed out at the White House after President Trump, under pressure from conservative activists, re-nominated two conservative California judges to the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court over their opposition. “We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the Ninth Circuit,” Feinstein and Harris said in a joint statement late Wednesday. “We made clear our opposition to these individuals and told the White House we wanted to work together to come to consensus on a new package of nominees.”