Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday for the first in what will be a whirlwind week of hearings.
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If confirmed, Jackson would be the 116th justice and the first Black woman seated on the nation's highest court in its 233-year-history. While Jackson's confirmation wouldn't change the ideological makeup of the court, her background as a former federal public defender and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission may have a big influence. But first, Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has to navigate the kind of politics jurists generally like to avoid. Monday's hearing will be all talk and no questions, with senators – and Jackson herself – offering carefully scripted opening statements that may offer some clues about how the next few days will go
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