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Filibuster weakened, Senate OK'ing judges faster

FILE- This Nov. 21, 2013, file photo shows Democrats, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., participating in a Capitol Hill press conference after a vote to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of Obama administration's nominees. After curbing Senate filibusters, Democrats now are aggressively pushing Obama’s judicial nominees through the chamber, speeding confirmations and shrinking vacant judgeships to their lowest level since days after Obama took office. The drive comes with the party facing difficult November elections that could turn over Senate control to Republicans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees through the Senate, speeding the pace of confirmations and shrinking vacancies on the federal bench to their lowest level since days after Obama took office.

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