Supreme Court’s Conservatives Duck ‘Big Waves’ as Storms Loom

June 18, 2021, 3:36 PM

Even with a 6-3 conservative majority, the U.S. Supreme Court has its limits.

With two rulings on Thursday, the court added a note of moderation to what has been a rightward shift since the arrival of three Donald Trump appointees. The court rejected the latest Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act and gave religious-rights advocates only a narrow victory in a clash over Philadelphia’s foster-care program and same-sex parents.

John Roberts
Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg

Together, the rulings mean the court potentially will close out Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first term with no watershed conservative victories. Although the court still has 15 remaining ...

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