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January 27, 2022
Pod Save America

In This Episode

Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement announcement gives President Biden his first chance to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, former Obama White House lawyer Kate Shaw joins to talk about potential nominees and what it’s like go through a confirmation fight, and the week’s worst punditry gets the scorn it deserves in another round of Take Appreciator.


Show Notes 

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  • WSJ: Breyer’s Departure Has Political Risks, Opportunities for Democrats
  • WSJ: Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire From Supreme Court
  • Politico: Breyer retirement hands Biden open Supreme Court seat
  • ​​WaPo: The Fix: Would Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema vote for Biden’s pick for Supreme Court justice?
  • Politico: Supreme Court confirmation fight to make history in 50-50 Senate
  • NYT: Which Republicans might support a Biden nominee for the Supreme Court? Few, if any.
  • Jake Sherman tweet
  • FoxNews: Breyer’s retirement from Supreme Court prompts ‘Squad’ to call for Black woman nominee: Biden, ‘you promised’
  • CNN: Schumer wants quick timeline to confirm Supreme Court pick, similar to Barrett’s process
  • CNN: Biden said he’d put a Black woman on the Supreme Court. Here’s who he may pick to replace Breyer 
  • AP: At least 3 judges being eyed as Biden mulls high court pick
  • CNN: How the Supreme Court confirmation process works 
  • Politico: How Senate Dems reaped the benefits from 2 little-known GOP maneuvers 
  • Kate Shaw tweet 
  • Kate Shaw tweet
  • WaPo: Is it too close to the election to confirm a Supreme Court nominee? 
  • Politico: Supreme Court justices on abortion, during confirmation and from the bench 
  • WSJ: Two Supreme Court Cases to Watch 
  • USA Today: Biden scraps vaccine requirement for businesses, weighs options after Supreme Court defeat 
  • CNN: Most major employers are keeping vaccine mandate for workers, despite Supreme Court ruling 
  • NYT: Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C. 


Take Appreciators 



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