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U.S. Supreme Court begins new term under cloud of uncertainty

For the first time since Abraham Lincoln won re-election in 1864, the Supreme Court has a vacancy on the bench on Election Day. The new session starts Monday with just eight justices, and with a docket that as of yet avoids the kind of politically divisive cases reflecting the culture wars that the court took up in recent terms. Last term, four cases were decided—or left sort of in limbo—with 4-4 splits.
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