GOP still wants to control appointment of federal judges in Texas

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WASHINGTON – Two weeks before Barack Obama won the presidency, Texas senators did what they’d done many times before. They invited lawyers to apply for lifetime appointments as federal judges.

Scores of applications poured in. A legal panel handpicked by the Republican senators – said to consist almost entirely of well-connected Republicans, with nary a plaintiff lawyer among them – narrowed the field.