Hugh Hewitt reports that the ice is breaking with respect to some of the president’s stalled court of appeals nominees. Hugh links to this account of a briefing on the issue by the Senate Majority Leader’s office. The plan apparently is get the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (D.C. Circuit) reported out of the Judiciary Committee within two weeks, and then go for a floor vote. In addition, Randy Smith (9th Circuit) is on the schedule for a committee vote on Thursday. Smith, however, is not a particularly controversial nominee, as I understand it.
As Hugh notes, we need to know more about the status of the Jim Haynes nomination (4th Circuit) and the White House needs to select and announce the next nominee to the D.C. Circuit.