The Crucial Tie Breaker? How Gorsuch May Rule on The Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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For the first time in over a year, the Supreme Court is back at full capacity with nine justices. On Friday, the Senate triggered the "nuclear option" to confirm Gorsuch, and on Monday he was officially sworn in. That means it won't be long before his decisions can sway the previously divided four-four court.

When the court resumes its current term on April 17, they'll hear oral arguments on a church-state separation case, "Church of Columbia v. Pauley," out of Missouri. Other cases in the short-term involve gun rights and voting rights, as well as discussions on what appeals the court will hear from lower courts.

Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the Supreme Court and the law for Slate and hosts of the "Amicus" podcast, joins The Takeaway to break down the cases where Gorsuch could be the decisive vote.