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News DateFriday, June 10, 2005 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWall Street Journal article by JAMES TARANTO

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"The U.S. Senate is moving ahead with the business of populating the federal courts. Yesterday it approved, by a vote of 56-43, the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of California's Supreme Court to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. All 55 Republicans, joined by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, voted "yes."

Then, as provided by last month's filibuster compromise, it voted for "cloture" on the nomination of William Pryor for the 11th Circuit; this will allow a confirmation vote today. Considerably fewer Democrats voted to end the filibusters on Brown and Pryor than had on Priscilla Owen. Here are the vote totals:

* Owen (May 25): 81-18
* Brown (June 7): 65-32
* Pryor (June 8): 67-32

We initially assumed the relatively narrow vote for Brown reflected Democrats' view that she was not just "extreme" but really extremely extreme, because of her provocative criticisms of the regulatory state that keeps liberals' hearts aflutter. But the similar numbers in the vote on Pryor lead us to think that what's changed since May is, as we argued yesterday, that liberals have become considerably less enamored with the compromise. Fourteen Democratic senators voted for cloture on Owen then cast what amounted to protest votes against cloture on both Brown and Pryor (15 if you count Wisconsin's Herb Kohl, who wasn't present for the Brown vote)."
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