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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 866,540; Tuesday, 868,512; Wednesday, 872,126; Thursday, 876,066.
News Wednesday of a decision by liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire by summer unleashed reminders that President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE aspires to nominate a Black female to the high court and that Senate Democrats will race to confirm a successor ahead of the November elections — by a party-line vote if necessary.
Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who played a prominent role in opposing the nomination of Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasWill the justices end race-based affirmative action? Supreme Court just added affirmative action to its list of conservative unfinished business Are the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? MORE in 1991, is expected today at the White House to hail Breyer’s judicial career while announcing the justice’s decision to depart.
Breyer, 83, reportedly conveyed his plans to the president last week (scooped by NBC News), and now gives Biden the first Supreme Court pick of his presidency. Breyer’s successor would not change the 6-3 conservative divide on a court, now in the midst of a potentially consequential term on issues including abortion rights, religion and guns.
The New York Times: Breyer’s departure will leave the court younger and more divided.
The Associated Press: Breyer: a pragmatic approach searching for a middle ground.
“President Biden’s nominee will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate…