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Obama Outpaces Bush on Judicial Confirmations



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On Monday, the Senate confirmed John Owens to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and two district court judges.  As Politico reports, this means President Obama is now outpacing President Bush in placing judges on the bench.  According to the Politico story:

Over the course of his presidency so far, Obama’s nominated 301 judges and gotten 237 confirmed. By this point in his presidency, Bush had nominated 267 judges and had 234 of them confirmed.

As of April 4, Obama has gotten 44 circuit court judges and 191 district court judges confirmed. As of April 4, 2006, Bush had 43 circuit court and 189 district court judges confirmed.



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