How Senate Republicans might make it easier to push through Trump's judge picks

Blue slips, explained.

Senate Democrats and judicial liberals are panicking. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it appears, wants to do away with “blue slips,” making it impossible for senators to block federal court nominees from their states whom they don’t like, removing a powerful tool for Democrats to resist President Trump’s court appointments.

But experts say the situation is less dire. It’s not clear yet how McConnell is changing the rules, the blue slip rule has...

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