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And on the third day, he blawged again.

Worth a read over at Slate.  As she notes, “It has often seemed that the only people screaming for speedy judicial confirmations are panicked because it’s their judges being blocked.”

But the numbers did surprise me: “There are approximately 850 lower-court federal judgeships, of which more than 100 are currently vacant, while 49 openings in 22 states are classified “judicial emergencies.” Eighty-three of these are on the district courts—the trial courts that decide every important federal question in the country, on issues ranging from civil rights to environmental, economic, privacy, and basic freedoms.”

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