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President Bill Clinton’s two picks for the high court both won broad support. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed with a 96-3 vote, and Justice Stephen G. Breyer was approved 89-7.

Retired Justice David H. Souter, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, won his seat on a 90-9 vote. But Justice Clarence Thomas, whose confirmation hearings were beset by conduct accusations and opposition from minority groups, was confirmed on a razor-thin margin: 52-48.