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Can a U.S. President unilaterally appoint judges to the Supreme Court for life?

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Per the U.S. Constitution, the President must have the "Consent of the Senate" to appoint judges to the Supreme Court and to appoint "all other Officers of the United States." Under current Senate rules, a 60% majority is effectively required for Supreme Court appointments, but a majority of Senators can change such rules, and they recently did so by lowering the effective majority from 60% to 50% for all appointments but the Supreme Court.

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