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Supreme Court with Roberts in charge: conservative, but not always predictable

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, despite the emergence of a new conservative majority, ended its annual term last week signaling an inclination to go slow, but spring a few surprises.

The court did not move aggressively to the right, as many Democrats and liberal activists feared and many abortion foes had fervently hoped.

Instead, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts firmly holding the ideological center - a position once held by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy - the court took a cautious path, reflecting Roberts' determination to avoid the appearance of a court that is predictably conservative.

Even President Donald Trump's two appointees - Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett

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