FILE - This April 27, 2005 file photo shows Caitlin J. Halligan, in the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying President Barack Obama a key judicial appointment. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)

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FILE - This April 27, 2005 file photo shows Caitlin J. Halligan, in the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y.  Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying President Barack Obama a key judicial appointment.  (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)
FILE - This April 27, 2005 file photo shows Caitlin J. Halligan, in the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying President Barack Obama a key judicial appointment. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)
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