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October 22, 2014

Drone Memo Author David J. Barron Confirmed by Senate (Video)

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.

Sens. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia were the only Democrats to break party ranks and vote against the nomination. The vote was 53-45.

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.

  • FrickenGenius

    Why can’t I find recorded vote for this. Only that it was “mostly along party lines”. Did any Repubs vote for this loser?

  • York Aptain Sidney Field

    Although merit can’t replace utility for making market decisions in a free country, we must recognize military merit in liberty’s defense.

  • Guest

    This is embarrassing for US.

    This guys is exactly what the Chinese and Russians want in power. This guys track record is exactly what they need to motivate their military establishment, and people to expand their military ambitions.

    Would you want this guy behind the greatest military and dangerous stock pile of nuclear weapons ? He doesn’t spare Americans who are protected by the US LAW.

    Imagine how far he will go to kill Russians and Chinese…. Scary… appointing him is appointing Himmler.

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