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WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of lifetime judges he put on the federal bench.
In its final act of the year, the Senate blew through a dozen U.S. district court nominees on Tuesday night. That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations -- a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.
President George W. Bush confirmed just 32 district court and circuit court judges during his sixth year in office, according to data provided by Alliance for Justice, a progressive advocacy group focused on the federal judiciary. President Bill Clinton confirmed 65 judges in his sixth year. In total, Bush confirmed 256 district and circuit court nominees after six years in office, Clinton confirmed 302, and President Ronald Reagan confirmed 295. Those numbers include a handful of Court of International Trade confirmations.
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A sensational start and fantastic finish to 2015 propelled Venus Williams back into the Top 10 for the first time in years. The icing on the cake? You've voted her the WTA Comeback Player Of The Year.
Williams' season was highlighted by two vintage stretches, winning 18 of her first 22 matches of the year - which pushed her as high as No.11 in the world in February, and then winning 18 of her last 21 matches of the year - which pushed her to No.7 in the world on the November 9 year-end rankings.
At 35, she's the oldest Top 10 player since a 38-year-old Martina Navratilova on January 1, 1995.
She won three WTA titles at Auckland, Wuhan and Zhuhai, the last two being her two biggest titles in over five years, and she also made the quarterfinals at both the Australian Open (falling to Madison Keys) and US Open (falling to Serena Williams), her first two Grand Slam quarterfinals since 2010.
And the biggest reason the former World No.1 is the WTA Comeback Player Of The Year?
Because she fell as low as No.137 in the world the week of February 13, 2012, right before she came back from a seven-month lay-off due to the energy-sapping Sjögren's Syndrome disease, something she's had to climb her way back from, step by step, until finally getting back to where she belongs now.
"For me, giving up wasn't an option," Williams said after conquering Zhuhai in November.
"I was put in a position that was out of my control, and that's life, but if I was going to end playing tennis, I wanted to end it how I wanted it to end, not because I was forced out. So maybe this wasn't the easiest road, but it was a road that I had, and it was a challenge that I was up for.
"That's life. I've learned so much. And I'm still grateful for everything."
She's also still hungry for more success. Very hungry.
"It's a great thing to be Top 10 now with the level of the game, but I'm still very hungry. I'm ready for more," Williams said in Zhuhai. "I've had so many experiences in tennis and I still expect a lot from myself. So I'm very happy to be moving forward, but I also want to continue, and not stop here."
In January, Williams will be seeded Top 8 at a major for the first time in five years - she was the No.4 seed at the 2011 Australian Open. Can the seven-time Grand Slam winner win her eighth in 2016?
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BBC host Aaron Heslehurst advised Americans this week that they would have to “break” or “dismantle” the National Rifle Association (NRA) if they wanted the mass shootings in the United States to stop.
On Wednesday’s Morning Business Report, BBC presenter Adnan Nawaz pointed out that journalists still did not have all of the details about the shooting in San Bernardino.
“There have been more mass shootings in the United States this year than there have been days this year,” Nawaz noted. “We’re at about 330-odd days with 350+ mass shootings. And it’s becoming far too common as far as almost any sensible person including President Obama is concerned.”
Columnist Maike Currie agreed that the figures were “staggering.”
“Obama has said this is not normal, this shouldn’t be considered as normal,” she explained. “And Hillary Clinton has said the same thing. And on her presidential campaign, gun control is actually one of the key things she’s looking at.”
Nawaz observed that Clinton was unlikely to put in place new gun safety measures because Congress would block her.
“The thing that everyone points to is the Second Amendment,” Currie said. “But the Second Amendment was set up in 1789. That was a different world then and something needs to be done about this.”
Heslehurst revealed his own “staggering” statistics: “In the last 43 years, more Americans have been shot by another American — shot and killed by another American — than all of America’s soldiers killed in wars in the last 240 years.”
“And you go where’s the priority?” he asked. “You talk about Congress — NRA, right? If Clinton really wants to get serious, that’s what you have to try to break, dismantle.”
Watch the video below from BBC News 24, broadcast Dec. 3, 2015.