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What Will the Election Mean for SCOTUS?

President Obama has been elected to another four years in office. Many wonder what changes those years will bring to the U.S. Supreme Court. All eyes are on 79-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has survived both colon and pancreatic cancer and is expected to retire by 2016 (though she’s said she’s not making any plans yet). Three other justices are in their seventies, making it one of the oldest courts in recent history.

The reelection also means that Obama has a chance to make a more significant mark on the lower federal courts, where he hasn’t had too much success nominating judges. 

We’ll check in with our U.S. Supreme Court watcher Lisa McElroy about what the election means for the highest court, and what high profile issues Justices may decide in the next four years.

What questions do you have for Lisa McElroy? What do you want to see from the U.S. Supreme Court in the next four years?

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OPB | Nov. 08, 2012