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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday she thinks Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the court's term to allow President Biden to name a successor.

Flashback: The comments come less than a year after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which allowed President Trump to fill a vacant seat with a conservative judge before he lost the presidential election.

  • Breyer, who Bill Clinton appointed in 1994, is the oldest justice on the court at 82.

What she's saying: "It's something that I’d think about but I would probably lean toward yes. But yes, you're asking me this question so I've just — I would give more thought to it, but I'm inclined to say yes,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

“We have had very difficult experiences with making, I believe the opposite mistake, and especially if Senate Democrats are not going to pass reforms on HR 1, we cannot rely solely on a wish of winning elections, particularly in the Senate when voting rights are under attack in Georgia, Arizona and Texas across the country.”
“And if we're not going to pass HR 1 with the preemptive clauses that can roll some of that voter suppression attacks back, yeah, I believe that we should protect our Supreme Court and I bet that should absolutely be a consideration.”
— Ocasio-Cortez on whether Breyer should retire to be replaced with another liberal justice

Worth noting: Breyer told Axios on HBO last year he feels healthy and has no plans to retire. He said who the president is and what the balance on the court could become is "not totally irrelevant" for a justice to consider.

  • "I don't really think about it" he said about retirement, "I enjoy what I'm doing."

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A $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill is heading to President Biden for his signature after the House and Senate passed the legislation on Thursday.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot.

Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

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President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen in 1970s

Theodore McCarrick in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s, AP reports.

Why it matters: McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to "ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor," AP notes, citing Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for the man allegedly abused by McCarrick.