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How the two justices from California are moving the Supreme Court to the left

How the two justices from California are moving the Supreme Court to the left

The Supreme Court ended its term this week with two liberal victories – on abortion and affirmative action – that reflect in part a deepening center-left alliance between Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer.

Breyer is the most moderate of the court’s four Democratic appointees, and Kennedy is easily the most moderate of the four Republican appointees. Both share an interest in deciding cases based on a practical assessment of the facts, and not rigid doctrines or legal ideology. 

Kennedy and Breyer – the court’s only two California natives – voted together more than 91% of the time this term, among...

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