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bob bauer Bob Bauer, speaking in Washington last year. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

President Joe Biden, just three days after a U.S. Supreme Court justice cautioned against restructuring the high court, officially announced a commission to take an expansive look at the role of the court, its case selection, rules and practices, and the size and tenure of its membership.

The warning about court packing came from Justice Stephen Breyer, the court’s oldest member and one of three Democratic-appointed justices currently serving on the court. Breyer has been under pressure from liberal groups to retire soon and give Biden the opportunity to appoint the first Black female justice.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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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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