Do Americans have faith in the Supreme Court?

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court hears oral arguments in the Commerce vs. New York case April 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. The case highlights a question about U.S. citizenship included by the Trump administration in the proposed 2020 U.S. census.
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The Supreme Court’s 2019 term opened this week. It will be the first full term for the new five-justice conservative majority. Does that mean the court has become political?

Chief Justice John Roberts says no. But with the court’s docket loaded with contentious cases on LGBT rights, abortion, religious freedom and immigration, that assertion will be put to the test. Kerri Miller spoke with Lawrence Baum, author of “The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court” and professor emeritus at Ohio State University.

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