Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cancer

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cancer

Ginsburg's absence for the past three days and recent health issues have fueled speculation about her future on the high court.

Ginsburg announced in December that she had surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs. People are concerned about her health, and rightly so, but as noted by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Ginsburg is working from home, and will participate in all opinions via the parties' previously submitted briefs and the argument transcripts that will be provided to her.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time in her career this week and President Donald Trump noticed.

The White House has told allies at the Judicial Crisis Network and the Federalist Society to ready for another potential hard confirmation battle, Politico reports in an article relying on unnamed sources. Arberg said Ginsburg will miss oral arguments for a second week.

The court has not yet offered a timetable on Ginsburg's return.

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Ginsburg, 85, suffered a fall in early November that resulted in three rib fractures and her hospitalization.

Two doctors contacted by Fox News with experience in performing pulmonary lobectomies said, given her age and procedure, a home recovery of about six-to-eight weeks is common - and they would expect the justice to be ready to resume normal duties next month. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required". If Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton, were to vacate her seat, Trump would have the opportunity to give the Court its largest conservative majority in decades.

"They're doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren't caught flat-footed", said one insider.

The short list of potential replacements for the ailing Ginsburg include Seventh Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett, whose name got floated before Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh. Prior to this week, she had never missed a day of work in her more than 25 years as a Supreme Court justice.

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