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SCOTUS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Requires 'No Further Treatment' After Cancer Surgery

SCOTUS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Requires 'No Further Treatment' After Cancer Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be absent from oral arguments at the high court again next week continue to work from home next week as she recuperates from cancer surgery in December.

Ginsburg missed three days of arguments this week, the first time that's happened since she joined the court in 1993. On Friday, the court released a written statement saying there is no additional evidence of cancer.

While doctors have said that Ginsburg's recovery time would be "normal" for the procedure she underwent, the 85-year-old's third struggle with cancer comes at a critical time for the Supreme Court.

Just before Christmas, Justice Ginsburg had a pulmonary lobectomy to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs. She missed oral arguments for the first time in more than 25 years last week.

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.

Although Republicans netted three Senate pickups in the recent midterm election, giving them a 54-vote majority, the fact that Ginsburg's successor would likely be her ideological opposite-effectively picking up a seat-hearkens back, once again, to the last big confirmation battle of the pre-Trump era. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC.

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"I$3 f you are replacing Justice Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, that would be akin to replacing Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas", Malcolm said.

"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", said one insider.

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

Updated at 11:47 a.m.to add details about Ginsburg's diagnosis and plans for next week.

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