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Democrats crush filibuster: court nominee survives Senate test

WASHINGTON—Democrats on Tuesday crushed a Senate filibuster against a controversial appeals court nominee, demonstrating to Republicans they can’t stop President Barack Obama from turning the federal judiciary to the left.

U.S. District Judge David Hamilton

The 70-29 vote limited debate over the qualifications of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana, and assured his elevation to the Chicago-based appeals court. Sixty votes were needed to end the filibuster, but confirmation only requires a simple majority of the 100-member Senate.

Ten Republicans went against their own party leaders and voted to limit debate.

The vote emphatically warned Republicans that with only 40 senators, they’re too outnumbered to prevent Obama from making major inroads into a judiciary that was populated over eight years with conservative judges chosen by President George W. Bush.

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The State of Denial Has Zero Electoral Votes — But It Seems to Be Winning

Written by Larry Gellman/Huffington Post

A protester at the Washington, D.C. tea party references a Department of Homeland Security report on 'rightwing extremism' that sparked criticism from conservatives.

A protester at the Washington, D.C. tea party references a Department of Homeland Security report on 'rightwing extremism' that sparked criticism from conservatives.

The Right Wing purveyors of hatred, fear, and anger have adopted a new strategy. Unfortunately, it seems to be working as well as their old one.

Until now, they have focused on spreading lies and distortions about President Obama. He is a socialist and a Nazi (an interesting combination) wants to kill granny. He wants to ruin our wonderful health care system — which is working well for virtually no one under the age of 65. He wants to run up trillions in debt — but Bush already did that. He wants to take away all our freedoms and liberties–but Bush already did that. He wants to take away our guns–but he let patriots bring assault weapons to a meeting where he spoke.

You know the drill and the litany. I thought it had gone about as far as it could go. But, as we’ve all learned, never underestimate the power of racism and hate.

Today we broke new ground. The haters on the Right are now basically saying that the election never happened. Obama didn’t really win and he’s not really our president. If he was really president, there would be nothing new or controversial about his desire to do a video address to school children regarding how important it is to study hard and stay in school.

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