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Religious, political questions loom over new Supreme Court session
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Washington-AP -- Talking religion, money and politics may not be the best way to avoid an argument, but the new Supreme Court term starting this week will feature all three.

The justices will hear a case that asks whether states can withhold scholarships from students pursuing religious training.

The court is also expected to rule soon in an enormously complicated case that asks whether new regulations limiting some campaign donations and political advertising violate free speech guarantees.

And the justices also will hear a case about the effects of gerrymandering -- brass-knuckle politics as practiced by legislators who draw congressional districts.

The term that begins this week also will bring a return to a topic the justices themselves find uncomfortable -- the possibility one or more will pick this year to quit.

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