REUTERS/Jason Reed - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts (R) presents new Associate Justice Samuel Alito on the front steps of the Supreme Court in Washington February 16, 2006, on the day of Alito's investiture. Alito replaced Sandra Day O'Connor who announced her retirement last year.

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Tempering Judicial Confirmation Optimism

June 12, 2014, Russell Wheeler

Recently, news of President Obama's success nominating and confirming judges has engendered optimism. In this post, Russell Wheeler argues this juggernaut of confirmation is due primarily to the 2013 rules change on filibustering nominees in the Senate, and may well grind to a halt in 2015 if Republicans take control of the Senate. 

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