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Supreme Court conservatives on rise as important term begins

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, right, talks with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, right, at the 50th anniversary of the Fund for America Studies luncheon at the Trump Hotel in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 29, 2017 - 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON - Disputes over a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and partisan electoral maps top the Supreme Court's agenda in the first full term of the Trump presidency. Conservatives will look for a boost from the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, in a year that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said will be momentous.

President Donald Trump's travel ban appears likely to disappear from the court's docket, at least for now.

But plenty of high-profile cases remain. The justices will hear important cases that touch on gay rights and religious freedoms, the polarized American electorate and the government's ability to track people without search warrants. Also on the agenda are cases involving employees' rights to unite over workplace disputes, and states' rights to allow betting on professional and college sporting events.

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