Senate All-Nighter

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Senators had better catch up on their sleep while they can.

Senate Republicans are planning a 30-hour marathon debate beginning Wednesday to highlight what they see as Democratic obstructionism on the president's judicial nominees.

It has been eleven years since the last all-night filibuster, but conservative Republicans feel the marathon is needed to highlight the ongoing problem.

Democrats counter by calling the GOP plan a political stunt. They note they have confirmed 168 of the president's judicial nominees and are holding up only the ones they feel are too extreme. They say using the all-nighter to focus on judicial nominations is a waste of time that could be better spent on dealing with pocketbook issues.