White House readies short list of possible replacements for Justice Ginsburg

On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no remaining signs of cancer after her surgery last month, requires no additional treatment, but will miss oral arguments at the court next week to rest, the Supreme Court said Friday. 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...

The 85-year-old's absence this week from oral arguments - her first since joining the bench - after her surgery in December sparked speculation about a possible departure, and even led to low-key planning by the White House for that scenario. Doctors who have performed the type of surgery Ginsburg underwent said they are confident that she will recover and return to the High Court by February. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC. The cancerous growths were discovered while receiving treatment for a November 7 fall in her office. "She already had the rib fractures to deal with when she went into it". She did not miss any arguments during previous bouts with colon and pancreatic cancer.

She said something very inappropriate during the campaign, but she apologized for it, ' he the president said in November.

A year ago, the news broke that Ginsburg hired law clerks for at least two court terms, signaling she intends to stay through 2020.

Ginsburg's health troubles have been met by significant concern from liberals, who recognize that if she retires and Trump picks a conservative to replace her, it would mark a significant generational shift to the right for the court.

If Ginsburg, who will turn 86 in March, is unable to return to the bench, President Donald Trump would have the chance to nominate a third Supreme Court justice to the highest USA court. Her dissents in recent years have continued to energize Democrats at a time when Republicans control the executive branch of government and the Supreme Court moves rightward.

Politico reported that the White House stirrings came in response to Ginsburg being out of the office.

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