Patricia Millett

President Barack Obama gestures while nominating Patricia Ann Millett, an appellate lawyer, to become a federal judge, during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Take Advantage Of Weakened Filibuster Rules To Tilt Appeals Court

Majority Democrats in the Senate won approval Tuesday for one of President Barack Obama’s key judicial nominees, the first of his picks to win confirmation since they weakened the chamber’s filibuster rules.


File photo of President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)

Senate Blocks Obama Picks for Judge, Housing Posts

Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s nominees to an influential federal court and a housing agency on Thursday, despite Democratic warnings of a return to last summer’s partisan brawl over who wields power in the Senate.