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First Word: Obama announces judicial picks to the public

President Obama has named three nominees to the D.C. appeals court, the second most powerful court in the country.

President Obama has named three nominees to the D.C. appeals court, the second most powerful court in the country. In doing so, the president is launching an aggressive push against Senate Republicans who must decide whether they will filibuster all three nominations, which will showcase their blatant obstructionism against the administration. Obama has chosen Patricia Ann Millett, an appeals lawyer in Washington, Cornelia Pillard, a Georgetown University law professor, and Robert Leon Wilkins, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington.

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