Jackson's Senate confirmation, Ukraine-Russia war, the Masters: 5 things to know Thursday

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Senate expected to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her place as the first Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick. “It will be a joyous day,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as he announced Thursday’s vote Wednesday night. “Joyous for the senate, joyous for the Supreme Court, joyous for America.” Three Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah – have said they will support Jackson, who would replace Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires this summer. Jackson, a 51-year-old federal appeals court judge, would be just the third Black justice, after Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and the sixth woman. She would join two other women, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, on the liberal side of a 6-3 conservative court.

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