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(l-r) Vanita Gupta, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and Kristen Clarke. Photos: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The political fight over President Joe Biden’s diverse nominees for the Justice Department and federal courts is already taking shape in the U.S. Senate.

While Attorney General Merrick Garland and Biden’s pick for the No. 2 job at the department, Lisa Monaco, have seen relatively smooth paths to confirmation, the fights over two other nominees are setting the tone for how the committee might approach similar picks in the future, including those for judgeships.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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