Supreme Court begins new term Monday with voting rights a top issue

The Supreme Court is starting a new term that is shaping up to be as important as the last one, with the prospect of major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.

Three months after the court upheld President Obama’s health care overhaul, the same lineup of justices returns to the bench Monday morning.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberals in sustaining the health care law, drawing liberals’ plaudits and conservatives’ anger.

This term’s big cases seem likely to have Roberts in his more accustomed role of voting with his fellow conservatives and leave Justice Anthony Kennedy with his typically decisive vote in cases that otherwise split the court’s liberals and conservatives.

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