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Republicans Flex Muscle in Confirming Trump Appeals Nominee (1)

March 6, 2019, 9:56 PMUpdated: March 6, 2019, 10:37 PM

Senate Republicans demonstrated the power of their expanded majority for the first time on judicial appointments Wednesday by overcoming opposition from one of their own to easily confirm Chad Readler to a federal court seat.

Readler was confirmed 52 to 47 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The fortified Republican majority reflecting gains from last November’s midterms has given them flexibility in vetting contentious Donald Trump nominees and more power to swat away Democratic opposition.

This advantage has fueled the acceleration of judicial confirmations over the past week, which includes Eric Miller to the Ninth Circuit ...

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