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Ginsburg's Cancer May Have Been Caught Early Enough - ABC News
Not to be ghoulish, but this Court is one of the oldest in US history. Kennedy is 79, Breyer is 77, Thomas is 67. It is not impossible that whomever is POTUS next could appoint FIVE justices.
Kennedy and Breyer and not "ideologically pure"; both are conservative on some issues and liberla on others. Thomas is usually conservative.
If the next POTUS is Trump, it is possible Ginsberg, Kennedy and Breyer would all feel enormous pressure not to retire; likewise for Thomas, if HRC III is elected.
None of the rest of the justices is young; they are all 60 or older. Serving on the SCOTUS is some very heavy lifting...of course it's prestigious, but most people want time with their families, too.
Predicting what SCOTUS will do is going to get to be much more difficult, fast.
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7 Things You Might Not Know About the U.S. Supreme Court - History ListsThe Judiciary Act of 1789 set the number at six: a chief justice and five associate justices. In 1807, Congress increased the number of justices to seven; in 1837, the number was bumped up to nine; and in 1863, it rose to 10.Oct 8, 2013
How many do you think we actually need? The Founders had it set at six.
Congress sets the limit of justices and not based on how many states we have.
You obviously are not an expert on this.
You do realize that we had the same constitution in 1840 that we have today don't you? Well a couple of modifications but its basically the same document.
The last time, and the only time in the entire 20th century, was 47 years ago. All others were in the 19th century. The country is facing different problems and involved in different conflicts now, in the 21st century, and US has never before had a population of 320 million.