SCOTUS: Justice Breyer Retires, Ketanji Jackson Sworn In

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    The Facts

    • On Thurs., Justice Stephen Breyer retired and his successor, Ketanji Jackson, was sworn into the Supreme Court - marking the first black woman to sit on the SCOTUS bench.

    • Biden nominated Jackson in Feb. - a month after Breyer announced his retirement - and in Apr. the Senate confirmed Jackson in a 53-47 vote.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Breyer's exceptional tenure and service should be celebrated. He has worked tirelessly on blockbuster cases and now, in a progressive step forward for representation, Kentanji Brown Jackson will take over his position and continue his efforts to uphold the rule of law.

    Republican narrative

    The Democrats are scrambling for influence in US branches of government. Jackson was only confirmed with the help of moderate GOP senators, and replacing Breyer with SCOTUS' first Black, female Justice will do nothing to strengthen the politicized, liberal wing of the court.

    Cynical narrative

    The confirmation process for SCOTUS nominees is broken. The hyperpartisanship in US politics has contaminated and politicized the nomination system and the Supreme Court is now a creature of political will and power.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that the next SCOTUS vacancy will arise by Feb. 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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