REUTERS/Larry Downing - U.S. President Barack Obama looks on before announcing Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell (R) as his nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (2nd L), during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014.

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How Many Judicial Confirmations Are Due to the Filibuster Rules Change?

July 2, 2014, Russell Wheeler

Since the change in the Senate's rules for filibuster in November, some have observed a sharp increase in the pace of judicial confirmations. In this post, Russell Wheeler explores possible reasons for the upsurge, and considers the different impact that the rules change had on district versus circuit confirmations.  

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