Steady term of the Supreme Court ends with politically fraught cases that reveal divisions – USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON – For months, the Supreme Court appeared to rise above partisan strife – becoming a place where rancor could be quieted by compromise. But as is often the case at the nation’s highest court, the justices saved their fireworks for the end.
With a string of unanimous or near-unanimous decisions, often decided on narrow grounds, the court’s nine-month term that wrapped up last week initially upended expectations about how its new 6-3 conservative majority would handle pressing disputes about religious freedom, the Fourth Amendment and the Affordable Care Act.

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