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By Humberto Sanchez Posted at 2:26 p.m. on May 22, 2014
The Senate narrowly confirmed David J. Barron, the author of a controversial memo justifying drone attacks on American citizens, to a circuit court judgeship Thursday.
Barron will be a judge for the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Barron’s appointment was most vigorously opposed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
After last year’s use of the “nuclear option” eliminating the 60-vote rule, only a simple majority is needed to confirm most judicial nominees.
Niels Lesniewski has covered the Senate for CQ Roll Call since January 2010, and more recently as a staff writer and resident procedure guru for Roll Call. Niels holds degrees in both government and theater but sometimes can't tell the difference between the two. @nielslesniewski