Notebook: Jul. 8, 1996

WINNERS & LOSERS

THE SUPREME COURT TERM

[WINNERS]

RUTH BADER GINSBURG Gender-rights pioneer gets the chance to aim from bench: she orders V.M.I. to admit women

WILLIAM REHNQUIST Chief heads Supremes who often lean his way, thanks to earlier conservative appointments

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR Convince her you're right--on abortion, race, religion--and you get the winning fifth vote

[& LOSERS]

ANTONIN SCALIA Ginsburg's old pal can't shake habit of caustic dissents. Exhibit A: May's gay-rights ruling

JOHN PAUL STEVENS His dissents on race, federalism, criminal law offer receding echoes of Warren-era liberalism

CAMPAIGN-FINANCE CURBS Justices muddy the field by lifting key restrictions...

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