Obama pushes back | Arkansas Blog

Friday, January 8, 2010

Obama pushes back

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 6:57 AM

President Obama will try again on a batch of nominees, mostly for Justice Department or judicial slots, who couldn't clear the Senate in 2009. Republicans effectively filibustered them to death, Gang of 14 precedent of the Bush years not withstanding.

It raises again the question of whether he'll ever get around to nominating people for three open federal judgeships and two U.S. attorney jobs in Arkansas. Time's flying and the Senate seems likely to become still less congenial toward his nominees, particularly after November.

(A legal source continues to believe, however, that appointment of Michael Barnes as U.S. attorney in Little Rock should be coming soon.)

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