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2011-05-19 10:14:00

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Later today, the Senate will hold a vote to end the filibuster against Goodwin Liu, President Obama's nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2005, when a handful of President Bush's nominees faced filibusters, at least 12 current U.S. Senators said that preventing judicial nominees from getting an up-or-down vote isn't just wrong: it's unconstitutional. The impending cloture vote on the Liu nomination is an important test of just...

2006-07-11 20:00:48

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's top lawyer drew bipartisan fire on Tuesday for coercive techniques used to question terrorism suspects as he struggled to win U.S. Senate confirmation to a seat on a federal appeals court. William Haynes defended the Defense Department's detention and interrogation policies for enemy combatants that he helped draft after the September 11 attacks. "The armed services operate within a tradition of restraint," Haynes, the...

2006-05-26 08:41:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed White House lawyer Brett Kavanaugh to be a federal appeals court judge, despite scathing criticism from a top Democrat who said he was unfit for the job. With the Senate's 57-36 vote, Kavanaugh, 41, will take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called "the second most important federal court in our country." Kavanaugh has worked in the George W. Bush White...

2006-05-11 16:29:01

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved White House aide Brett Kavanaugh for an appeals-court seat on Thursday, clearing the way for a likely confirmation vote by the full Senate. Kavanaugh won approval from the committee on a 10-8 party-line vote as Democrats said he was too partisan and inexperienced for the job. Kavanaugh, 41, has been a White House aide since 2001. Democratic senators had asked for an unusual second hearing on his...

2006-05-11 12:43:22

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved White House aide Brett Kavanaugh for an appeals-court seat on Thursday, clearing the way for a likely confirmation vote by the full Senate. Kavanaugh won approval from the committee on a 10-8 party-line vote as Democrats said he was too partisan and inexperienced for the job. Democratic senators had asked for an unusual second hearing on his nomination to question his involvement in White House policies...

2005-12-12 18:32:28

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd warned on Monday that he would bring the U.S. Senate to a virtual standstill if Republicans carry out a threat to change its rules by outlawing filibusters on judicial nominations. Byrd of West Virginia, a staunch defender of the Senate's often arcane rules and procedures, was responding to a comment by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who said Sunday he might move to restrict filibusters if Democrats try to block...

2005-12-08 17:26:49

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Republican who will preside over Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings said on Thursday he sees no "extraordinary circumstances" that could provoke a filibuster against President George W. Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court. Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was asked about prospects of a filibuster after the Congressional Black Caucus came out against the conservative Alito, citing...

2005-11-16 12:55:10

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid urged his Republican counterpart on Wednesday to withdraw a threat to change Senate rules to assure a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Reid said he had "early concerns" about Alito, describing President George W. Bush's nominee as "one of the most conservative federal judges in the country." But Reid said it was premature for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to threaten to...

2005-11-06 14:30:57

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key Democrat said on Sunday that he expects the full Republican-led Senate to vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito without the threat of a Democratic filibuster. But Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware said a decision would not be made about such a possible procedural roadblock until more lawmakers meet with President George W. Bush's conservative nominee to the nation's highest court. "My instinct is we should commit" to an up-or-down...

2005-11-03 19:55:53

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday brushed aside White House requests for an early hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito and scheduled hearings and a vote in January. "It simply wasn't possible to accommodate the schedule that the White House wanted: before Christmas. It just couldn't be done. We have to do it right. We can't do it fast," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'