U.S. Supreme Court

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2010, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. During the Supreme Court arguments last week over the constitutionality of the health care law Ginsburg brought up Social Security, likening it to a government old-age annuity that everyone is forced to purchase. “It just seems very strange to me that there’s no question we can have a Social Security system (despite) all the people who say: ‘I’m being forced to pay for something I don’t want,’” she said. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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On October 1, the U.S. Supreme Court begins 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.

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