Partisan showdown looms over DC circuit nominees

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A partisan showdown is looming over what is known as the nation’s second-highest court.

President Barack Obama is poised to nominate as many as three people for the understaffed U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Meanwhile, Republicans are proposing to distribute the court’s vacancies to other parts of the country.

The District of Columbia Circuit is at the center of years of wrangling between the White House and the Senate because it has so much influence. Many cases relate to the balance of power in Washington and review of actions by federal agencies that affect health, safety and the environment.

White House officials say they have been vetting four candidates for the vacancies and expect Obama to pick among them for nominations as early as this week.

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