The World

10 ESSENTIAL STORIES

1 | Washington Court Is in Session

With the presidential election less than a month away, the Supreme Court began its 2008 term on Oct. 6 amid speculation on how the future of the court might be shaped by a John McCain or Barack Obama presidency. Although neither candidate has said much about court appointments, the ages of several justices--John Paul Stevens is 88, and four others are in their 70s--indicate some might retire during the next Administration. Meanwhile, the current court under John Roberts will hear testimony in coming weeks regarding everything from labeling on tobacco products to on-air vulgarity....