The Senate voted, 53-47, to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court justice, making history in diversifying the bench while leaving unchanged the conservative tilt of a court preparing to tackle gay rights, environmental regulations and race in college admissions.
In a sharp rebuke of his former boss, former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday that Donald Trump was wrong to believe Pence had the power to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election that Trump has falselyclaimed was stolen from him.
After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death gave former President Donald Trump a chance for a last-minute nomination, Democrats ramped up pressure for Breyer to retire. His retiring would eliminate the risk of his seat going to a conservative justice, swaying the court even farther to the right.
Justice Breyer, who will leave at the end of the term, has championed the court’s independence from politics. The retirement opens the door for the president to deliver on his promise to nominate the court’s first Black woman.
The court in a second unsigned opinion permitted a vaccine mandate on people employed at health care facilities that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid. That measure affects about 10 million workers.