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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. President Joe Biden indicates he would support a change to filibuster rules. And two Pac-12 powerhouses appear poised to join the Big Ten.

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes Supreme Court's first Black woman justice

Ketanji Brown Jackson made history Thursday when she was sworn in as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Jackson, a Harvard-trained lawyer who was confirmed by the Senate nearly three months ago, will take the seat occupied by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer for nearly three decades. "I am truly grateful to be part of the promise of our great nation," Jackson said in a statement released by the court. Previously a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Jackson took the oath of office at a fraught moment for the high court, as its decisions to overturn Roe v. Wade and expand access to handguns have exacerbated tensions among the justices and underscored divisions among some Americans.

Biden backs change to filibuster rules to codify abortion right

President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support changing filibuster rules in the Senate to make it easier to codify the right to abortion and the right to privacy following last week's Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. Biden called the ruling "outrageous" and said Congress must overturn it by writing Roe v. Wade into law. Because of the filibuster, 60 votes are needed in the Senate needed to pass most legislation. Changing the filibuster rules could allow senators to write the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision into law with a simple majority.

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Supreme Court makes decisions on power plant emission regulation, 'remain in Mexico' policy

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency effort to regulate power plant emissions. Chief Justice John Roberts asserted it wasn't plausible that Congress intended to give the environmental agency the power to regulate those emissions without saying so in the law explicitly. The decision dealt a blow to the Biden administration in one of the most significant climate cases decided by the court in more than a decade.

The high court also allowed the Biden administration to end a Trump-era immigration policy that required migrants seeking asylum to remain in Mexico while their cases are reviewed. In the final opinion handed down in the 2021-2022 term, Roberts said that the lower court's ruling against the administration "imposed a significant burden upon the executive’s ability to conduct diplomatic relations with Mexico." That's because, Roberts noted, the United States cannot unilaterally return migrants who are from Central America to Mexico.

UCLA, USC in negotiations to join the Big Ten

The University of Southern California and UCLA are in negotiations to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations told USA TODAY Sports. The two schools reached out to the Big Ten and were not pursued by the conference. The move would occur for the 2024 season. The Big Ten may not be done expanding. USC and UCLA are the two dominant brands in the Pac-12 and the largest and most successful athletics departments on the West Coast. Losing the two schools to the Big Ten would be devastating for the Pac-12 and could lead to another round of conference realignment impacting every league in the Power Five.

UCLA running back Kazmeir Allen (19) catches a touchdown pass against USC cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart.
UCLA running back Kazmeir Allen (19) catches a touchdown pass against USC cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart.

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Biden to announce $800 million in additional aid to Ukraine

President Biden said Thursday that the U.S. would announce $800 million in additional military aid to Ukraine in the next few days. The assistance will include new advanced air defense systems, more artillery, counter-battery radars and more ammunition, Biden said. "We are going to stick with Ukraine, and all of the alliance are going to stick with Ukraine as long as it takes to in fact make sure they are not defeated,'' he said. Earlier in the summit, NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security, vowing to bolster support for Ukraine in the conflict.

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