Questions of federalism and the limits of congressional power have been a hallmark of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice William Rehnquist. They deeply divided the justices on the final day of the last term, and they already promise to bedevil the justices this fall.

A major regulatory battle, First Amendment issues, and an unusual race bias appeal also highlight the docket next term. While the cases accepted thus far represent only a small portion of all the decisions the Court will hand down by June 2000, we can safely predict that, starting Oct. 4, the justices will once again be thrust into the thicket of public debate.

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