AP source: Obama nominating 3 to US appeals court

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By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama is simultaneously naming three nominees to the influential federal appeals court in Washington.

Obama's nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, Cornelia Pillard and Robert Leon Wilkins is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Rose Garden. It was disclosed late Monday by a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to discuss the nominees on the record ahead of the announcement.

They would fill three vacancies currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the second-highest court in the nation because of its influence.

Their nomination sets up a fight with Senate Republicans who argue the court doesn't need any more judges because it doesn't have enough work.

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