The White House has thrown in the towel in trying to confirm William Thomas to a federal court seat in Florida, signaling an end to a puzzling case of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blocking his own judicial nominee.
There's a particular urgency to filling this Florida judgeship, which has been vacant for more than 20 months. The court
"The whole committee action was for show because all noms that don't get confirmed by the end of the session (i.e., this
The Democrats needed to act, and they did. The threshold for ending debate is now a simple majority and not a super-majority. It was an astonishing and historic moment.