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Thu Dec 18, 2014, 11:41 AM

'Nuclear Option' Helps Obama Reshape The Courts For A Generation

By SAHIL KAPUR Published DECEMBER 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

President Barack Obama can thank outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for triggering the "nuclear option" in November 2013 and securing him one of the most robust judicial legacies of any modern president.

In six years, he has appointed a whopping 307 judges, who will shape the law for decades after he leaves office. The final 12 district judges were confirmed in the closing night of the Senate session on Tuesday, Reid's final move before Democrats surrender control of the chamber.

"The Obama Administration and the United States Senate have given Americans the best possible holiday present: the gift of justice," said Nan Aron, the president of the progressive law and policy group Alliance For Justice.

A total of 132 judges were confirmed in the 113th Congress the most since the 1970s.

Perhaps most significant is his appointment of 53 judges on federal circuit courts, which have the last word on most matters of law. When Obama took office, just one of 13 appeals courts had a majority of Democratic-appointed judges on the active bench. Today, nine of 13 appeals courts have a majority of Democratic appointees.


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librechik Dec 2014 #1
Fred Sanders Dec 2014 #2
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 11:44 AM

1. He better hurry up if he wants to make a dent

in the endless phalanx of Bush-appointed conservative crazies, criminals, cronies and Christers. They're at about 75%

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 11:53 AM

2. From 1 in 13, to 9 in 13 federal appeals courts flipped to Democratic majority - thanks Obama and

Reid.

A massive generational influence in America and a roadblock for the fascist takeover being kindled.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 11:58 AM

3. This is the best news ever.....

Thanks Obama....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 04:55 PM

4. knr

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