Murkowski on tough Supreme Court choice: ‘This is a different game’

Murkowski on tough Supreme Court choice: ‘This is a different game’

This post was originally published on this siteLast year, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of just three Republicans who voted to elevate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the second most important court in the country. Now, in the middle of an election year, she is faced with a new choice:...

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Senate begins work on confirming Jackson to Supreme Court as some in GOP voice openness

Senate begins work on confirming Jackson to Supreme Court as some in GOP voice openness

This post was originally published on this siteBiden’s Supreme Court pick, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is preparing for a high-stakes confirmation battle to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

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Why Joe Biden picked Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court

Why Joe Biden picked Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, as CNN first reported, kills two birds with one stone: It satisfies — and Biden hopes energizes — liberals while also giving Senate Democrats a nominee they can confirm without...

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Biden will lean into his long tenure as a senator to fill Supreme Court vacancy

Biden will lean into his long tenure as a senator to fill Supreme Court vacancy

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Biden said he’s been told that voters don’t want him to be the “President Senator.” But in filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court, he’s going out of his way to court old colleagues.

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Senate Republicans split on how to approach Biden’s Supreme Court vacancy

Senate Republicans split on how to approach Biden’s Supreme Court vacancy

This post was originally published on this siteSome are quickly closing the door to voting for the nominee. Others are voicing openness. Still others are staying mum and trying to shape the pick.

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Manchin ‘anxious’ to confirm Breyer’s Supreme Court successor

Manchin ‘anxious’ to confirm Breyer’s Supreme Court successor

This post was originally published on this siteSen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) indicated on Monday that he supports moving quickly to confirm a successor for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is expected to retire over the summer.  “I think that basically, especially if it’s…

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GOP splits over labeling Black female Supreme Court pick a ‘quota’ hire

GOP splits over labeling Black female Supreme Court pick a ‘quota’ hire

This post was originally published on this siteThe argument has now seeped into remarks from some key Senate Republicans. But others are urging caution — for good reason.

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How the upcoming Supreme Court battle can help Biden and Democrats in the midterms

How the upcoming Supreme Court battle can help Biden and Democrats in the midterms

This post was originally published on this siteHis approval rating is at its lowest point, 41%, in an average of polls. Biden’s decline is clear even among core Democratic groups. The good news for Biden is the upcoming Supreme Court nomination fight likely can’t hurt & could help him gain...

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Senate GOP faces uncharted waters in Supreme Court fight 

Senate GOP faces uncharted waters in Supreme Court fight 

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans are facing a decision on how hard to fight against President Biden’s Supreme Court pick, with little chance they can scuttle the nomination that is expected to elevate the first Black woman to the court.  The upcoming fight…

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Lindsey Graham and Jim Clyburn are both encouraging Biden to pick the same Supreme Court nominee

Lindsey Graham and Jim Clyburn are both encouraging Biden to pick the same Supreme Court nominee

Federal appellate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger are widely considered the early frontrunners to succeed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. But the third name on most short lists, U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs, 55, got a bipartisan boost Sunday. 
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has been urging President Biden to elevate Childs for more than two years, since he convinced Biden to pledge to pick a Black woman for the highest court right before the South Carolina primary, The Associated Press reports. Clyburn credits Biden heeding that advice for his resounding win in South Carolina, the primary that turned around Biden’s struggling bid for the White House. 
Clyburn said Sunday he believes both of South Carolina’s Republican senators would vote to confirm Childs. 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did not commit to voting for Childs, but he was effusive in his praise. “I can’t think of a better person for President Biden to consider for the Supreme Court then Michelle Childs,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “She has wide support in our state. She’s considered to be a fair-minded, highly gifted jurist. She’s one of the most decent people I’ve ever met.”
Graham also rejected a claim by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that Black female nominees would be “affirmative action” beneficiaries. “Affirmative action is picking somebody not as well qualified for past wrongs,” he said. “Michelle Childs is incredibly qualified. There’s no affirmative action component.” 
Biden has looked for diversity of experience in filling federal judicial seats — Jackson, for example, was a public defender. And unlike the other two reputed frontrunners, Childs did not graduate from an Ivy League school or clerk for a Supreme Court justice. She graduated from University of South Carolina School of Law and also has a business degree from the school plus a legal master’s from Duke. Before her appointment to the federal bench in 2010, she was in private practice.
Graham said he appreciated that Childs is “not Harvard or Yale.” He also noted “we’ve only had five women serve and two African American men” on the Supreme Court, “so let’s make the court more like America.” A spokeswoman for South Carolina’s other senator, Tim Scott (R), said Childs has a “respected reputation as a judge in South Carolina” and Scott “looks forward to engaging with her if she is the nominee.”

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