Supreme Court: Most Conservative in Decades

With the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts ending its fifth term, The New York Times has broken down the ideological shifts of the court over the past 60 or so years. Their conclusion? The Roberts court is the most conservative in decades. While it may not be as right-leaning as it was under Roberts' predecessor, William Rehnquist, the decisions rendered by the Roberts court—such as amending campaign finance laws—have been markedly conservative. A defining moment for the Roberts court that pushed it to the right was the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito. The Times projects that if the first five years of the court are any indication of the future, it will likely expand the scope of the Second Amendment, further allow unions and corporations to influence elections, and curb abortion rights.