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A tale of two filibusters: Blocking Obama's judicial nominees


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may have grabbed all the headlines with his nearly 13-hour marathon on the Senate floor, but it wasn't the only filibuster that took place Wednesday.

Prior to Paul's speech, Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan for the D.C. circuit court--the second highest court in the land. It marked the second time in two years that Halligan, a former New York State Solicitor General who graduated from Princeton and Georgetown Law, has seen her nomination stalled due to a Republican filibuster.

Unfortunately that's become the norm for President Obama's judicial nominees. Only 28 of the 219 people the president has nominated to the bench have been confirmed, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Democratic office.

On Thursday's NOW with Alex Wagner, the panel discussed Paul's very public marathon filibuster and the very private obstruction of President Obama's top judicial nominee.