Deeply divided, held in low esteem by the public, and battered by harsh criticism from both left and right, the Supreme Court returns to work on Monday amid speculation that its makeup and ideological balance could change, depending on who is elected president in November. Which justices leave in the next four years — and who gets to nominate their replacements — could tip the balance on a court that has issued a string of five-to-four decisions on contentious issues.
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