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Senate confirms Obama nominee to key appeals court

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After five years of trying, President Obama has placed his first nominee on a key appeals court in Washington.

The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday, 97 to 0, to confirm Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court is considered the most important in the country after the Supreme Court.

Srinivasan is currently the principal deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General. He has worked in both Democratic and Republican administrations and served as a law clerk to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

In a statement, President Obama praised the Senate’s approval of Srinivasan, whom he called a ‘‘trailblazer who personifies the best of America.’’ But like Senate Democrats, he also poked Republicans for what he said was the slow approval of his judicial nominations.

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