Headline RoundupJanuary 26th, 2022

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

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President Joe Biden will soon have an opportunity to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, as Justice Stephen Breyer reportedly plans to retire.

News outlets across the spectrum cited anonymous sources close to Breyer who said the 83-year-old liberal justice planned to step down at the end of the Supreme Court's current term this summer. NBC News (Lean Left bias) was first to report the news. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger are widely seen as the favorites to replace Breyer. Biden promised during his 2020 campaign that we would nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court if elected president. Breyer has served on the court since being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

The news was covered similarly across the spectrum. Many reports highlighted how Breyer's retirement will pave the way for Biden to hand-select and appoint a younger justice who could purportedly help advance Democrats' political agenda. Left-rated sources tended to describe Breyer's career and voting tendencies in greater detail. 

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