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  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he won't vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. He expressed concerns about her record despite supporting her confirmation as an appeals court judge last year. The South Carolina senator's announcement Thursday was expected after he criticized Jackson during her four days of hearings last week. But it gives Democrats one less Republican vote as they seek bipartisan backing for President Joe Biden's pick to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Graham, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the only three Republicans to vote to confirm Jackson on the appeals court in 2021.
  • President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats say they are hoping for a bipartisan vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. That won't be easy, but some Republicans have expressed an openness to voting for Biden's nominee, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and would be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. Democrats will also keep an eye on their own moderate flank, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. But neither has indicated, so far, that they would vote against Biden's choice.
  • The list of Republicans willing to support President Joe Biden's forthcoming nominee to the Supreme Court "is longer than you would initially imagine," the Senate's second-ranking Democrat recently teased to reporters.Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin declined to name names. But it's clear that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is near the top of the list.