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.

Blog Post

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.  

  • In the News

    Whether you agree with it or not, the Supreme Court has become almost as much a political institution as it is a legal one...For one, the cases that come before the Court are very often politically charged. Furthermore, you have nine justices that are there for life and can, for all intents and purposes, act with impunity

    October 1, 2012, Russell Wheeler, Erickson Tribune
  • Expert Q & A

    Preview of New Supreme Court Term

    September 28, 2012, Russell Wheeler

  • In the News

    Actual repeal of health care reform on “day one” of a Romney administration is not possible, but a President Romney—assisted by a Republican House and Senate—could put into motion the steps necessary to pursue repeal over the course of 2013. Technically, Romney’s success would depend on whether or not Republicans gain control of both the House and Senate, and on the byzantine rules of the budget process in Congress.

    July 2, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, Washington Post
  • In the News

    …[D]on't be too surprised if [Chief Justice] Roberts [in his] next terms looks like a conservative again. He actually did not stray very far from where the other four conservatives ended up in this [ACA] case — just over a consequential line.

    July 1, 2012, Benjamin Wittes, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • In the News

    The Supreme Court decision [on the Arizona immigration law] puts the onus back on Congress, but it doesn't dissolve the political and ideological differences that were keeping Republicans and Democrats from coming to a melding of the minds on immigration in the first place.

    June 25, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, U.S. News & World Report
  • In the News

    It's hard to know what explains the dearth of Obama nominees compared to recent predecessors, but I have to think that increased threats by home-state senators to withhold blue slips is part of the answer.

    June 18, 2012, Russell Wheeler, The National Law Journal
  • Podcast

    @ Brookings Podcast: Targeting U.S.-Born Terrorists Abroad

    October 28, 2011, Benjamin Wittes

  • Expert Q & A

    Does America Need More Lawyers?

    September 28, 2011, Clifford Winston

  • Podcast

    @ Brookings Podcast: Obama's Nominees to Federal Judgeships Lag

    December 24, 2010, Russell Wheeler

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