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Opinion: Stay on the job, Justice Breyer

The tongues are wagging: Justice Stephen Breyer should — some Democrats claim — retire now. The Senate is evenly balanced and Vice President Kamala Harris can break all ties which would allow President Joe Biden to select a younger liberal to the bench. It is hard to know if this is really correct — in an evenly divided Senate, it takes just a single senator to defect and defeat a nominee. Maybe an 82-year-old justice in good health is better than an uncertain confirmation hearing?

The tongues are wagging: Justice Stephen Breyer should — some Democrats claim — retire now. The Senate is evenly balanced and Vice President Kamala Harris can break all ties which would allow President Joe Biden to select a younger liberal to the bench. It is hard to know if this is really correct — in an evenly divided Senate, it takes just a single senator to defect and defeat a nominee. Maybe an 82-year-old justice in good health is better than an uncertain confirmation hearing?

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