Ginsburg to Miss Second Week of Oral Arguments as Speculation Mounts

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed her first oral arguments in more than 25 years on the bench this week while recovering from an operation to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, many have expressed concern over whether she would return to the bench. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer surgery and ongoing recuperation has cast an atmosphere of uncertainty over the Supreme Court at a critical time for its future and as the legal fate of several controversial White House policies hang in the balance... Today, Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg announced that the beloved jurist, and the person many Americans have pinned their last remaining hope to, has beaten cancer once again after surgery for two malignant lymph nodes last month. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", Arberg added. She's battled cancer and other health issues over the past few years but never missed a session of the court.

The growths were found during tests Ginsburg had after she fractured ribs in a fall on November 7. Ginsburg is the oldest member of the court, and the longest-serving member of the court's four-member liberal wing.

Politico reports the White House is "taking the temperature" on a possible short-list of candidates. He said transforming the judiciary will be one of President Donald Trump's strong legacies.

The Supreme Court's Public Information Office announced on December 21 that Ginsburg "underwent a pulmonary lobectomy" in New York City. That said, I'm willing to call it now: she is invincible.

During her recovery, according to NPR, she will participate in cases before the Supreme Court from her home.

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Heavy attention is given to Ginsburg's health amid liberal worries that, if she dies or has to retire for health reasons, Trump would get another pick and lock the high court into a conservative ideology for a generation to come.

Ginsburg showed off her collection of collars from around the world that she pairs with her judicial robes in the documentary "RBG".

The justices of the US Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

The necklace reportedly landed in Ginsburg's famous collar collection after she received it in the VIP gift bag at Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" gala that year.

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