Ruth Ginsburg dead at 87

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart of the US Supreme Court, has died at the age of 87.

Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreas cancer at her home in Washington, DC, surrounded by her family, the court said in a statement on Friday evening.

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and was the second woman appointed to the court.

The directors of the documentary "RBG", Betsy West and Julie Cohen, said in a statement, "Like so many Americans, we are crushed by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg".

She talked about Ginsburg's friendship with the late Antonin Scalia and what a good but subtle sense of humor she had. "We join countless Americans in mourning the loss of a truly great woman".

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Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court's liberal wing and became something of a rock star to her admirers. "As a cancer survivor, she showed us that she could beat cancer multiple times - not just once".

She was a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the United States court’s second female justice.

Chris Evans, Sophia Bush, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Gad, and many other celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ruth, and share their sadness about her passing.

Murkowski's remark that "fair is fair" is presumably a reference to the fact that Republican senators did not allow a hearing for former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 during an election year.

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