Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday reading: this is no ordinary clusterfuck ... by gimleteye

Data Firm’s WikiLeaks Outreach Came as It Joined Trump Campaign : Wall Street Journal

Trump judge nominee, 36, who has never tried a case, wins approval of Senate panel : LA Times

Additions to Our Trump-Russia Timelines, Keep up with the latest entries on our timelines tracking Trump and his inner circle's involvement with Russia : Bill Moyers

Week 52: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember : Amy Siskind

Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How : NY Times

And they see tremendous opportunity in the fact that Mr. Trump is the first Republican president whose nominees can be confirmed by simple-majority votes, especially since he is likely to fill an unusually large number of vacancies. Mr. Trump started with 21 open appellate seats because after Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2015, they essentially shut down the confirmation process. Six additional appellate judgeships have opened since his inauguration, and nearly half of the 150 active appeals court judges are eligible to take senior status — semiretirement that permits a successor’s appointment — or will soon reach that age, according to Russell Wheeler, a Brookings Institution scholar.

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