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Senate Confirms Robert Wilkins Nomination, Filling Final Vacancy on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

President Barack Obama delivers a statement announcing the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millett this past June.

With the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals fight over for now, focus shifts to other key vacancies.

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Senate Moves Closer to Vote on Unemployment Extension

When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they're not out of the woods yet.

When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they’re not out of the woods yet.

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2014 Starts With a Flurry of Judicial Nominations and Threats of More Delays

Despite a change to Senate rules designed to speed along judicial nominations, Republicans appear ready to pick up 2014 where they left off 2013: obstructing nominees.

Despite a change to Senate rules designed to speed along judicial nominations, Republicans appear ready to pick up 2014 where they left off 2013: obstructing nominees.

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5 Ways the Right Tried to Punish Women, Children, People of Color, and the Poor in 2013

If there's any unifying theme to the barrage of right-wing attacks launched over the past year, it's the politics of punishment--of teaching you a lesson.

If there’s any unifying theme to the barrage of right-wing attacks launched over the past year, it’s the politics of punishment–of teaching you a lesson.

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Even With the FAMILY Act, Many Families Would Continue to Struggle

The Congressional Budget Office's new report found the Affordable Care Act could result in a reduction in workforce participation by approximately two million full-time workers in 2017. Conservative columnists are freaking out, but, even if the right is right, that may not be a bad thing at all.

Slowly, real efforts to transform the false work-family dichotomy are emerging, both through legislation as well as through employer initiatives. Programs like paid family leave and on-site child care can help working families over the long haul—yet it is rare to find either offered to low-wage workers in this country.

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Gillibrand’s Sexual Assault Measure Slated for Stand-Alone Vote

The senator says she's not going away.

When the Senate votes on the annual defense appropriation, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act won’t be part of it. But the senator says she’s not going away.

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How the Sequester Hurts Low-Income Domestic Violence Survivors

If Congress is unable to meet its December 13 deadline to address the sequester, the struggle for low-income domestic violence survivors to access safe housing will intensify.

If Congress is unable to meet its December 13 deadline to address the sequester, the struggle for low-income domestic violence survivors to access safe housing will intensify.

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Budget Deal Reached, Leaving Koch Brothers Seething

Pro-choice Democrats in vulnerable U.S. Senate seats are under attack as never before by Americans For Prosperity, the flagship organization of the Koch brothers' sprawling network of spending groups.

The Koch brothers are pressuring members of Congress not to vote for the federal budget deal worked out by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan.

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Legal Wrap: SCOTUS Stays Out of Texas Abortion Fight, But May Jump Into Contraception Cases

The Roberts Court turns down one reproductive rights case as it considers taking up a host of others.

The Roberts Court turns down one reproductive rights case as it considers taking up a host of others.

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Senate Democrats Change Filibuster Rules, Advance Millett Nomination

The vote is the fist since Senate Democrats reformed filibuster rules and marks the beginning of a push back against Republican obstructionism.

Senate Democrats finally decided to do something about Republican obstruction of judicial nominations.

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