The Supreme Court that begins its 2016 term Monday stands at the threshold of an ideological transformation unmatched in nearly a half century, one that eventually could put in play legal precedents ranging from Roe v. Wade to Citizens United. Not since 1968 has a presidential election carried such momentous implications for the nation’s highest court, now divided down the middle following the death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia.

That election gave Richard Nixon four appointments to the court and installed a conservative majority that endured, however haltingly, until this year. A victory by Hillary Clinton not only would break the glass ceiling at the White House but shake the foundations of the court”s marble palace, leading to its first liberal majority since the Vietnam era. READ MORE