Senate Dems Take Advantage Of Weakened Filibuster Rules To Tilt Appeals CourtMajority 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.
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.

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