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The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week over President Joe Biden's student debt relief plan. It's a plan that impacts millions of borrowers who could see their loans wiped away or reduced. Republican-appointed judges have kept the Democratic president's plan from going into effect. It's unclear how the court will respond. The court is dominated 6-3 by conservatives. The justices have scheduled two hours of arguments in the case Tuesday, though it'll probably go longer. The public can listen in on the court's website beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. The court is hearing challenges by two students and by six Republican-led states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina.
If President Joe Biden's search for a nominee to the Supreme Court could be summed up by a Help Wanted ad it might read: "Seeking a well-respected liberal jurist. Black. Female. Seniors need not apply." The reality for the nation's oldest president is that for this lifetime appointment, youth is particularly prized. The math is simple. The younger Biden's nominee, the longer she is likely to serve as a justice. The longer she serves as a justice, the longer liberals can expect to hold a seat on the court, now dominated 6-3 by conservatives.
Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham say it'd be good if the person named to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer doesn't have an Ivy League degree. The bipartisan message from the South Carolina lawmakers aligns with the background of a South Carolina judge they've praised as a good candidate for the seat. Eight of the court's nine current members attended law school at Harvard or Yale. President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Clyburn says Biden should be concerned about the court's lack of educational diversity, too. Graham tells CBS "It's OK" to get your law degree at a public university.