Since he’s taken office, President Obama has seen more than 300 federal judges confirmed. That puts him ahead of the last two presidents at their six-year marks. A huge chunk of Obama’s confirmations happened in 2014 alone; the year after the Senate Democrats got rid of the filibuster for most judicial nominations.
A local environmental group is being accused of violating federal tax law by accepting payments from an allied political group to fund staff work on behalf of the Democratic mayoral campaigns of Bob Filner and David Alvarez.
A trio of public interest groups has called on Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana to withdraw their request to an environmental advocacy group for documents connected to its lobbying, telling the lawmakers that they didn’t show enough “sensitivity to the First Amendment” in their demand.
Corporate Counsel (subscription required) | December 22