Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cancer

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Speculation about her future took on renewed fervor this week after she missed oral arguments for the first time in 25 years.

The court's oldest justice had surgery three weeks ago to remove cancerous growths on her left lung. She is expected to work on cases from home next week before returning to the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg, 85, who missed oral arguments this week, has not been on the bench since her surgery last month, but she has participated by reading briefs at home.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cancer-free and her recovery from surgery is "on track" - but she will miss a second week of oral arguments next week, the court announced Friday. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC. "According to the thoracic surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation".

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. It's been just under three weeks since the Notorious RBG went under the knife, so while she's theoretically still got a little more recovery time, the odds are that this beloved workaholic will be back on the bench before you know it.

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", a source told Politico anonymously.

A short list of potential nominees is being drafted by the White House counsel's office and the Senate Judiciary Committee's new chairman, Republican Sen. If Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton, were to vacate her seat, Trump would have the opportunity to give the Court its largest conservative majority in decades. Many of them are women, sources say.

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