Judicial Vacancies Skyrocket During Obama’s 1st Term

As President Barack Obama winds down his first term in office, he is facing 83 district and circuit court judicial vacancies – almost 30 more than existed when he took office. Of the 83 vacancies, 33 are considered "judicial emergencies" because of the volume of cases per judge in those areas. Obama also has seen far fewer confirmed nominees than his two predecessors by the end of their first terms. And while the confirmation process has slowed, Obama has not put forward as many nominees as his predecessors. The Huffington Post looks at the situation.