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Senate confirms D.C. court judge

Lacking filibuster, GOP can’t stop votes on nominees

WASHINGTON — Democrats overwhelmed outnumbered Republicans and pushed a pair of President Obama’s high-profile nominees through the Senate on Tuesday, the first to win confirmation since the chamber weakened its traditional filibuster.

By 56-38, senators confirmed attorney Patricia Millett to join the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Her approval tilts that circuit’s judges 5-4 toward those appointed by Democratic presidents, an important advantage for a court that rules on White House and federal agency actions.

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