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White House readies short list of possible replacements for Justice Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses 3 Days On The Bench, But This Isn't A Big Deal Test coming for Ginsburg's promise to leave if she's not at 'full steam'
Jeannette Daniel | 11 January, 2019, 22:23

Ginsburg is now working from home while recovering from lung surgery late previous year. On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court press office reported that the surgery had been successful, and the nodules had been removed.

The White House is even working on a short-list of possible nominees to replace Ginsburg, who broke her 25-year streak when she began missing oral arguments on Monday.

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.

The White House has told allies at the Judicial Crisis Network and the Federalist Society to ready for another potential hard confirmation battle, Politico reports in an article relying on unnamed sources. Ginsburg is a left-wing jurist who has notoriously ruled for abortion and against employers' conscience rights, as well as for same-sex "marriage" despite calls to recuse herself on the issue because she's personally officiated several such "weddings". In fact, then-Chief Justice Rehnquist missed oral arguments in 44 cases, all of the conferences on those cases, and still wrote the majority opinion in four of them. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.

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Justice Ginsburg is now a three-time cancer survivor, and according to the American Lung Association, most patients are back to their usual lifestyles within a month after a lobectomy. "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."...

Despite that, President Trump may already be thinking that a third Supreme Court appointment could be a possibility. "Her recovery from surgery is on track", Supreme Court public information officer Kathy Arberg said in a statement.

The short list of potential replacements for the ailing Ginsburg include Seventh Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett, whose name got floated before Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh.

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