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Politics

March 10

As Obama, Senate collide, courts caught short

The partisan deadlock in Washington hits much more than budgets. More than ever, judicial picks are ideological cannon fodder.

WASHINGTON — Just a few blocks from the US Supreme Court sits what is widely considered to be the nation’s second most important judicial body.

But unlike its senior sibling, which has a full slate of judges, including two appointments made by President Obama, the US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit is fundamentally broken in ways that are rippling across Washington and the country.

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