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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery "on track", no sign of remaining cancer

11 January 2019

She's recovering from major surgery and can probably still outlift you, bro.

Chief Justice John Roberts said despite Ginsburg's missing the start of oral arguments for the first time ever this week, she remained engaged in reading briefs, filings and a transcript of the proceedings.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss next week's court sessions and work from home, but her recovery from early-stage lung cancer surgery remains "on track" and no further treatment is needed, the court announced Friday.

Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly preparing for RBG's departure.

The Supreme Court's Public Information Office announced on December 21 that Ginsburg "underwent a pulmonary lobectomy" in New York City. She missed oral arguments for the first time in more than 25 years last week.

Although Republicans netted three Senate pickups in the recent midterm election, giving them a 54-vote majority, the fact that Ginsburg's successor would likely be her ideological opposite-effectively picking up a seat-hearkens back, once again, to the last big confirmation battle of the pre-Trump era. She was released from the hospital in NY four days later and has been recuperating at home since then.

Doctors say that there was "no evidence" of disease after the surgery and that "currently, no further treatment is planned".

The White House "is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process", said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. "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 told Politico.

Updated at 11:47 a.m.to add details about Ginsburg's diagnosis and plans for next week.

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.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery