Senate Ends Judicial Nomination Standoff

Senate Republican and Democratic leaders ended their standoff today over President Barack Obama's judicial nominations and agreed to debate a small-business bill that both parties favor. On the brink of 17 grueling votes to fill vacant judgeships, leaders announced a schedule that would speed up the confirmation process. Under the deal, the Senate will consider two or three noncontroversial nominees per week between now and May 7. The parties had been at odds over whether the body should be spending its time confirming judges or handling other business. Read more from the AP in the Memphis Daily News