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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss arguments for a second week, but officials said that her recovery is "on track".

Replicas of Ginsburg's famous "dissent collar" -- the bib necklace she frequently wears when dissenting with a Supreme Court opinion -- sold out before it even went on sale. On Friday, the court released a written statement saying there is no additional evidence of cancer.

Many liberal activists and social media users are desperately hoping Ginsburg can outlast President Donald Trump's administration and wait until a Democrat enters the White House again before she retires. She was released from the hospital in NY four days later and has been recuperating at home since then.

If Ginsburg, one of the court's four liberal members, were unable to continue serving, Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.

"Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments". 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. In 1999, Ginsburg underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, and 10 years later she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer.

The court's oldest justice had surgery three weeks ago to remove cancerous growths on her left lung.

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If she leaves office, her departure would allow President Trump to nominate a third Supreme Court justice, making the most nominations in one presidential term since President Ronald Reagan.

"But if you are replacing Justice Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, that would be akin to replacing Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas".

Trump tweeted his well-wishes to her in December.

A source familiar with the conversations confirms to CNN that the White House legal counsel has been in communication with outside allies and conservative groups about next steps if something should happen to Ginsburg.

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.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for the official photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on November 30, 2018.

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