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After more than a year, the US Supreme Court is back at full strength.
A day after Republicans pushed through a rule change to thwart a Democrat-led filibuster, the Senate voted 54-45 on Friday to confirm Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, in the first major political victory for Mr Trump since he took office earlier this year.
As soon as he is sworn in — which is expected to happen on Monday — Mr Gorsuch will fill the lifetime-tenured seat on the nine-judge bench vacated last year by the death of Antonin Scalia.
The Supreme Court’s next oral argument session is set to begin April 17, where it will consider a slate of cases involving debt collection, religious institutions, securities class actions and patents, among other issues.