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  •  Quite a few judges in December (3+ / 0-)

    with no media attention at all.

    I don't know how many more are on the list waiting for confirmation, but clearing a dozen or so is a good start.

    •  There are 33 nominees pending for 77 vacancies. (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      It would help if the president would pick up the pace -- better still if he had picked up the pace early in the first term. Given the disruptions to nominees' lives and law practices if they're not already judges, and the horrendous delays, there may be many attractive candidates who asked to be held off until the second term. We'll soon see.

      •  The Senate's been holding them up; the President (2+ / 0-)
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        Villanova Rhodes, MichaelNY

        had to resubmit their nominations to the new Congress.

        Today, I am re-nominating thirty-three highly qualified candidates for the federal bench, including many who could have and should have been confirmed before the Senate adjourned... Several have been awaiting a vote for more than six months, even though they all enjoy bipartisan support.

        I continue to be grateful for their willingness to serve and remain confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.  I urge the Senate to consider and confirm these nominees without delay, so all Americans can have equal and timely access to justice.

        I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

        by 1BQ on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:16:17 PM PST

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        •  Right, I was still in my last-Congress mindset. (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          You're correct, of course, thanks. Beyond the 33, I was speculating that there might be people who'd been approached and are willing/eager to take the job, but didn't want to be nominated in the 3rd or 4th year of the president's term because of the holdups & the uncertainty of his reelection.

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