President Barack Obama and U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins

President Barack Obama and U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins

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The 53-38 roll call yesterday was shy of the 60 votes needed to advance the nomination of U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins, left, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often regarded as the nation’s second-highest after the Supreme Court.