Supreme Court’s Conservatives Duck ‘Big Waves’ as Storms Loom
By Greg Stohr
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.
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 ...