Liberals panic as White House prepares for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible retirement

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses 3 Days On The Bench, But This Isn't A Big Deal

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be absent from oral arguments at the high court again next week continue to work from home next week as she recuperates from cancer surgery in December. On Friday, the court released a written statement saying there is no additional evidence of cancer. 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... But the 85-year-old justice will miss court arguments next week.

President Trump has wished Ginsburg a speedy recovery. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC.

Bucking a long tradition in which members of the opposition party avoided partisan fights over Supreme Court appointments (with only a few prior exceptions from Senate Democrats), both of Trump's replacements-Neil Gorsuch for the conservative Antonin Scalia, and Kavanaugh for the moderate Anthony Kennedy-were near party-line votes. A Politico report, citing an unnamed source, states that White House officials are "taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates" to replace Ginsburg and discussing with "key stakeholders" about the nomination process.

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"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", the source said. "But I'm confident she's not going anywhere". Senate Republicans had to change rules in order to eliminate the filibuster, allowing Supreme Court justices to be confirmed with a simple majority of Senate support.

Politico said numerous prospective nominees to replace Ginsburg were women, which theoretically would derail the likelihood of sexual-assault claims such as those faced by Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh.

Though unconfirmed, speculation intensified further still when a handful of verified conservative Twitter accounts began reporting murmurs that an announcement about Ginsburg's retirement could come as soon as today.

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