Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses Third Day of SCOTUS Arguments

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With the Trump White House doing it all it can to keep the president afloat while buffeted by multiple investigations that could lead to impeachment, aides to the president are also creating battle plans to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should she have to step down for health reasons.

"The White House is urging outside allies to be prepared for another bruising confirmation battle should Ginsberg's health take a sudden turn for the worse, according to four sources with knowledge of the overtures", Politico reports.

Ginsburg, 85, suffered a fall in early November that resulted in three rib fractures and her hospitalization. Widely viewed as tenaciously willing to hang on with a Republican in the presidency, Ginsburg's own affirmations suggest she may view competency to conduct the court's business as a matter that rivals the court's ideological makeup in importance.

Ginsburg, who joined the court in 1993, underwent a surgical procedure called a pulmonary lobectomy on December 21 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY to remove two cancerous nodules in her left lung.

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Doctors say that there was "no evidence" of disease after the surgery and that "currently, no further treatment is planned". Trump has added two justices to the court since becoming president in January 2017.

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were both confirmed to the Supreme Court, although not without controversy.

Still recovering from her recent lung surgery at home, Justice Ginsburg was unable to attend oral arguments this week for the first time in her career on the Supreme Court.

She has otherwise said that she "will do this job as long as [she] can do it full steam".

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