President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal
activists are beginning to blame his administration for moving too tentatively on what they consider a key priority. During his first
nine months in office, Obama has won confirmation in the Democratic-controlled Senate for just three of his 23 nominations for
federal judgeships, largely because Republicans have used anonymous holds and filibuster threats to slow the proceedings to a crawl. But some Democrats attribute that GOP success partly to the administration’s reluctance to fight, arguing that Obama’s emphasis on
easing partisan rancor …
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