judicial nominations

Senators Seek More Information About Targeted Killings With Drones (Video)

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Two Senate Democrats want the public to know more about the rules behind the targeted killing of American citizens using drones.  

"I believe every American has the right to know when their government believes it is allowed to kill them, and the public release of this memo is a positive step toward reducing the secrecy that surrounds this question," Sen. Ron Wyden said in a statement. "However, there are many important questions that this memo does not address."  

Paul Predicts Democrats Will Back Barron, Doesn't Plan Extended Speech (Updated) (Video)

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Updated 3:15 p.m. | Sen. Rand Paul wore comfortable shoes to work today, but it doesn't look like he's going to hold the floor for hours.  

The Kentucky Republican told a small cadre of reporters gathered just off the Senate floor following a 31-minute speech contesting the Obama administration's use of drones for targeted killings of Americans that he didn't think he could stall confirmation of David J. Barron to be a First Circuit appeals court judge.  

John Lewis Opposes Boggs Nomination (Updated)

Lewis announced Monday he opposes Boggs' nomination to be a federal judge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:38 p.m. | Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said Monday he opposes the confirmation of Michael P. Boggs to become a federal judge, jeopardizing the nomination in the Senate.  

Boggs, who has been a state judge for the last 10 years, has come under fire for votes as a Georgia legislator between 2001 and 2004, including a vote keep the Confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag, another to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and a vote for a public registry of abortion doctors.  

Dianne Feinstein: John Lewis Thinks Georgia Judge Deal With Boggs 'Was a Good Ticket'

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Maybe Michael P. Boggs still has a chance to become a federal judge in Georgia.  

A senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday that John Lewis, the Georgia Democratic congressman and civil rights leader, thought a deal between the White House and Georgia's GOP senators to fill a variety of federal judgeships provided for "a good ticket."  

Leahy, Grassley Weigh-in on Barron Nomination, Drone Memo

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Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy is praising the White House decision's to grant all senators access to a memo regarding the legal basis for drone strike killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.  

"I applaud the administration for making available to all Senators the Justice Department memo regarding Anwar Al Awlaki. All members of the Judiciary Committee were previously able to review this memo, and I am glad all Senators will have the opportunity to do so now," the Vermont Democrat said in a statement.  

Post-Nuclear Senate: Rand Paul Can't Slow Nomination Tied to Drone Policy (Updated)

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Updated 12:44 p.m. | If Harvard Law Professor David J. Barron fails to win confirmation as a federal appeals court judge, it won't be because he was "blocked" by Sen. Rand Paul.  

If Barron doesn't make it to the bench, it will likely be because Democrats have unease about the legal justifications for drone strikes. In a post-nuclear-option world, Republicans can send letters talking about blocking or delaying nominees but their practical impact is nil.  

Reid: Recess Won't Start Until After Judicial Nomination Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in no mood to delay a scheduled confirmation vote for a Ninth Circuit judicial nominee — warning he'll keep the Senate in session Friday if Republicans don't consent to an earlier vote.  

"We're not punting," the Nevada Democrat told CQ Roll Call when asked if the confirmation vote on President Barack Obama's choice of Michelle T. Friedland for a seat on the Ninth Circuit would be put off until after the two-week recess.