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Is the Supreme Court "short-handed" when it has 8 Justices and not 9?

"Short-handed" seems to be the Word of the Day as the Supreme Court begins its new term.The Washington Post has "Supreme Court to begin new term short-handed as its ideological balance hinges on fall vote."NPR begins its discussion of the new Supreme Court term with "It's been nearly eight months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the nation's highest court short-handed.
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