The Supreme Court announced the first trio of cases it will hear during its 2022-2023 term. All of them are legally substantial. And by this fall, President Joe Biden’s choice for Justice Stephen Breyer’s replacement will likely be considering them. At that point, the court’s ideological configuration will remain 6-to-3, with conservatives firmly in control. But the new justice will no doubt change the face of the Supreme Court (which has been on a negative political trajectory since former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) denied President Barack Obama his constitutional prerogative to fill a vacancy in 2016).

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