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Why Justice Stephen Breyer is causing so much political agita

Around this time seven years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was well aware of the chatter in Democratic circles about her possible retirement. She was 81 at the time; she'd gone through two bouts with cancer; and she had a heart condition. There was a Democratic majority in the Senate, and if the legendary justice stepped down, then-President Barack Obama was in a position to name a younger progressive jurist to take her place.
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Democrats’ very real nightmare scenarios on Stephen Breyer

Thanks to coincidences and some bare-knuckle politics by GOP leaders, Democrats are staring down the most conservative Supreme Court in decades. And this past week, they got a reminder about how pivotal that could be. The court decided to take up a key abortion case that conservatives hope the newly 6-3 conservative court could use to unravel Roe v. Wade.
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Stephen Breyer is delusional about the Supreme Court

President Biden has a very narrow path to get his big legislative plans through Congress. Democrats can lose only a few votes in the House and none at all in the Senate, and only then if they go through the budget reconciliation process or decide to reform the filibuster. But the greatest threat to his agenda is only now beginning to stir — the reactionary Supreme Court majority.
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Playing With Fire Getting Stephen Breyer to Retire

Aaron Blake: “The problem for Democrats in trying to force Breyer out, of course, is that there’s just not a great way to go about it.”. “Launching a very public campaign both would invite allegations of politicizing the court (allegations which should be mitigated by the GOP doing plenty on that front in recent years) and might not have much impact, given the decision rests with one man with a lifetime appointment who can do whatever he wants.”
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Stephen Breyer and the danger of the deluded institutionalist

Few among us want to be insulted by people who are instructing us on what to do with our lives. But that is the situation Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer now finds himself in. At the age of 82, he is besieged by liberals pleading with him not to repeat Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mistake, to retire now while he can be replaced by someone of a similar legal outlook.
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Democrat Mondaire Jones: ‘No Question’ Justice Stephen Breyer Should Retire

Appearing Friday on Cheddar TV, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) called on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the bench at the conclusion of his term. J.D. DURKIN: Many Democrats say perhaps Justice Ginsburg should have considered retiring while President Obama was still in [power]. Should Justice Breyer retire while Joe Biden is commander-in-chief?
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Is Stephen Breyer About To Retire? His Clerk-Hiring Spree Suggests Otherwise.

"We are now firmly in the window when past justices have announced their retirement, so it's officially worrisome that Justice Breyer has not said yet that he will step down. The only responsible choice for Justice Breyer is to immediately announce his retirement." So declared Brian Fallon, executive director of the progressive activist group Demand Justice. Fallon's outfit has clearly set its sights on the 82-year-old jurist, launching a new pressure campaign last week under the none-too-subtle slogan Breyer Retire.
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In pictures: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

For more than a quarter of a century now, Stephen Breyer has served on the US Supreme Court. Breyer, 82, is the oldest of the nine current justices. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Before that, he served on the US Court of Appeals for nearly 15 years. He was also a former assistant prosecutor during the Watergate hearings in the 1970s.