Biden to release his first wave of judicial nominees

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After four years of Trump and Republicans shaping the courts, Democrats now get their turn.

President Joe Biden. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci

By MARIANNE LEVINE, LAURA BARRÓN-LÓPEZ and JOSH GERSTEIN

03/29/2021 11:36 PM EDT

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The White House is expected to release its first slate of judicial nominees as early as Tuesday, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

President Joe Biden plans to tap 11 nominees for the federal bench, including three Black women, sources said. At least two of those women will be named to the appeals courts, according to allies of his administration briefed on the selections.

The list of nominees will offer the first glimpse of Biden’s plans to shape the federal judiciary after promising during the 2020 campaign to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court should he get the chance. The appointments will also provide a test for Senate Democrats who must lead the often-contentious judicial confirmation process in a chamber divided 50-50, with little room for political error.

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