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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has scheduled a vote for 1:45 p.m. to confirm Joe Biden’s choice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, as the first black associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

In a tweet, Schumer said, “It will be a happy day for America!”

Despite a choppy and sometimes far-fetched hearing in the House two weeks ago, and the announcement of a top Republican senator Lindsey Graham that he would not support her now (despite voting for her earlier elevation to the US Court of Appeals), her confirmation is almost certain.

Three Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, announced they would vote for her, securing Biden a prized bipartisan nomination in the equally divided chamber.

Jackson’s elevation to the highest court in the land, replacing the longtime liberal justice Stephane Breyer, is more than symbolic. The lifetime appointment at age 51 could see Jackson on the bench for decades, and it will likely prove a counter to the panel’s current 6-3 Conservative majority.

The Illinois Democrat Dick DurbinPresident of the Senate Judiciary, praised Jackson’s “impeccable qualifications” on Monday and said his experience as a public defender would bring a “missing perspective to the court.”

“His is a uniquely American family story, how much hope and promise can be realized in a single generation,” Durbin said. “I’m proud that we can testify to that.”

Jackson will become only the sixth woman to serve on the Supreme Court in more than 200 years of history.

Read highlights from Jackson’s confirmation hearings here:

09:20

Hello blog readers and welcome to what will be a busy Thursday. It’s a big day at the Supreme Court of the United States, where the choice of Joe Biden Ketanji Brown Jackson is almost certain to be confirmed as his new associate justice in a Senate vote scheduled for 1:45 p.m.

The Ukrainian conflict continues to make headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. Follow developments on our live news blog here.

Also happening in American politics today:

  • A bipartisan group of senators is calling Joe Biden to reverse the decision to end the Trump-era Title 42 immigration policy blocking refugees at the southern border due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Governor of Texas Greg Abbott says he will round up undocumented migrants and put them on buses to Washington DC for the president to deal with.
  • Covid-19 numbers rise again in many states as the BA.2 variant takes hold and wrangling continues in Congress over the size of a financial support package.
  • The United States calls for Russia to be suspended from United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged atrocities in Ukraine. The general assembly votes today in New York.
  • The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will do his daily briefing at 1 p.m.



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