Justice Ginsburg Completes Radiation Therapy for Malignant Tumor

 

The Supreme Court announced today that Associate Justice Ruth Ginsburg, 86, has completed a three week course of radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for a malignant tumor on her pancreas. The tumor was detected during a blood test in early July and confirmed through a biopsy on July 31. In addition to the radiation therapy, Ginsburg also had a bile duct stent installed. According to the Office of Public Information at the Supreme Court, the tumor was “definitively treated” and there is no sign of disease elsewhere in her body.

Ginsburg has had cancer numerous times. Most recently, just last December she had a lobectomy on the left side of her lungs to remove cancerous nodules, also performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering. That procedure caused her to miss oral arguments at the Supreme Court, the first time she’d been absent since joining the court.

Ginsburg has said she wishes to remain on the court as long as she is mentally capable, but the reoccurrence of her cancer, although successfully treated, raises the prospect that she may resign for health reasons, or even pass away, before the 2020 presidential election. In which case, Donald Trump would nominate her replacement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated that he would “absolutely” bring a vote to the floor of the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

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  1. DonG Coolidge
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    She seems a decent woman despite the politics. Who wouldn’t wish her the best?

    But, if she hangs on until 2020 we will have an 8-person court for the 2nd consecutive presidential election year. It would be advantageous to the Trump and the Republicans to adhere to the McConnell/Biden rule. Millions transactionally voted for Trump because of SCOTUS and they will again.

    Bird in the hand!  Hillary and Obama choose to role the dice and wait to for after the election to nominate a super lefty.  That didn’t work out.  ACB at first chance.

    This deathwatch talk is sufficient reason to add term limits. 

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    She has refrained from incendiary comments about the current administration, and she has praised both newer Justices.  However, with all her medical problems, she should resign so she can give her attention to her treatment.  I wonder whether she would be undergoing all the arduous treatment if she had already retired. I wish her well.

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  3. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Skyler (View Comment):
    I hope the republicans have the sense to do away with public questioning for the next confirmation.

    I bet women are already lining up to accuse Trump’s next nominee of sexual assault.  Whoever he (or she) is, it was definitely him (or her) at that party in 1978…

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    Joseph Stanko

    Skyler (View Comment):
    I hope the republicans have the sense to do away with public questioning for the next confirmation.

    I bet women are already lining up to accuse Trump’s next nominee of sexual assault. Whoever he (or she) is, it was definitely him (or her) at that party in 1978…

    If Trump gets the next Supreme Court nominee, I have no doubt it will be a woman. Unless it is, you know, MG.

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  5. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko

    Skyler (View Comment):
    I hope the republicans have the sense to do away with public questioning for the next confirmation.

    I bet women are already lining up to accuse Trump’s next nominee of sexual assault. Whoever he (or she) is, it was definitely him (or her) at that party in 1978…

    If Trump gets the next Supreme Court nominee, I have no doubt it will be a woman. Unless it is, you know, MG.

    The Notorious ACB!

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  6. Django Member
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko

    Skyler (View Comment):
    I hope the republicans have the sense to do away with public questioning for the next confirmation.

    I bet women are already lining up to accuse Trump’s next nominee of sexual assault. Whoever he (or she) is, it was definitely him (or her) at that party in 1978…

    If Trump gets the next Supreme Court nominee, I have no doubt it will be a woman. Unless it is, you know, MG.

    While the Kavanaugh battle was bring fought, didn’t someone in the administration hint that Barrett was being held in reserve as Trump’s next nominee?

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  7. E. Kent Golding Member
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    King George VI died in February 1952, the coronation wasn’t until June 1953.

     

    Why is anyone fixating on coronations? The point was the ability to keep people apparently alive who are dead.

    If you are going to talk about Joe Biden, talk about Joe Biden.  Don’t just dance around it.

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  8. Franco Member
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    No politics allowed? What’s the point then? 

    Look, a frail  86 year-old remaining on the court IS political. 

    I say this about any politician – usually Senators like Mc Cain,  Thad Cochran and the like – if you insist on hanging on way past your normal retirement time, people’s only recourse is to speculate, and even hope for your demise. It’s not like you are indispensable in your job.  I have little sympathy. She’s 86. People her age die all the time. It’s sad for all of them and their families. It wouldn’t be news if she weren’t in politics. So I have no problem with what people may say or think.

     

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  9. Seawriter Contributor
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    Franco (View Comment):
    It’s not like you are indispensable in your job.

    The Indispensable Man
    (by Saxon White Kessinger)

    Sometime when you’re feeling important;
    Sometime when your ego ‘s in bloom;
    Sometime when you take it for granted,
    You’re the best qualified in the room:
    Sometime when you feel that your going,
    Would leave an unfillable hole,
    Just follow these simple instructions,
    And see how they humble your soul.  

    Take a bucket and fill it with water,
    Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
    Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
    Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
    You can splash all you wish when you enter,
    You may stir up the water galore,
    But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
    It looks quite the same as before.  

    The moral of this quaint example,
    Is to do just the best that you can,
    Be proud of yourself but remember,
    There’s no indispensable man.

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  10. Django Member
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Franco (View Comment):
    It’s not like you are indispensable in your job.

    The Indispensable Man
    (by Saxon White Kessinger)

    Sometime when you’re feeling important;
    Sometime when your ego ‘s in bloom;
    Sometime when you take it for granted,
    You’re the best qualified in the room:
    Sometime when you feel that your going,
    Would leave an unfillable hole,
    Just follow these simple instructions,
    And see how they humble your soul.

    Take a bucket and fill it with water,
    Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
    Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
    Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
    You can splash all you wish when you enter,
    You may stir up the water galore,
    But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
    It looks quite the same as before.

    The moral of this quaint example,
    Is to do just the best that you can,
    Be proud of yourself but remember,
    There’s no indispensable man.

    Excellent. The only possible exception I can think of is Winston Churchill. 

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  11. James Gawron Inactive
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    I propose a toast. To 10 more years of RGB. The focused intensity with which people of all stripes are in various stages looking forward to her death, makes it imperative that she continues to disappoint everyone in this respect. It all just reeks of morbidity to me. As I said when she had her fall earlier this year. Now she has to out last the next president as well. To holding this conversation again when she’s on her 8th fight with cancer at the age of 100 and still sitting on the court.

    #f***cancer

    Val,

    Believe me that I have the same feelings about cancer that you do. However, my 85-year-old mother took a trip to London six months before. She shlepped her bag half a mile through Heathrow. Then back home the pancreatic curse hit her and she was gone very, very fast.

    Maybe a miracle will save RGB and I wouldn’t withhold a miracle from her. I just honestly wouldn’t expect too much. Sorry.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  12. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

     

    You are right about that. She has more strength and determination in her index finger than the entire GOP has.

    That’s an absurd statement…

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  13. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    danok1: Off topic, but I thought the “Biden Rule” applies when there is a SCOTUS vacancy in the President’s last year AND the Senate is held by the opposite party.

    Not off topic and if you review Biden’s original speech there was no mention of party control, only that the confirmation process and the political season should not overlap.

    Nevertheless, at the time, the president (GHWB) was a Republican and the Senate majority was Democrat.

    • #43
  14. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    She has refrained from incendiary comments about the current administration,

    I seem to remember she has criticized him while in office. But definitely she gave several interviews in the summer of 2016 in which she attacked him as a “faker” and said she couldn’t imagine the country with him as president, and basically endorsed Hillary. So if she hasn’t attacked him while he’s been president it’s only because of the blowback she received for improperly inserting herself into the presidential election in 2016. She ended having to apologize and promise to not do it again.

    and she has praised both newer Justices.

    That is true. She has recently spoken well of both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. And that is actually not surprising given her friendship with Scalia. The justices do spend a lot of time with each other and it’s hard to demonize someone you know personally and have to work with. Or, what I mean is, when you know someone well and work with them you see them for who they really are as opposed to how insane Leftists characterize them.

     

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  15. Django Member
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    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

     

    You are right about that. She has more strength and determination in her index finger than the entire GOP has.

    That’s an absurd statement…

    She didn’t retire from her position at the prospect of being in the minority as did a lot of GOP house members in 2018. If Trump had appointed two more “conservative” justices, she’d still be there supporting what she believes.  

    • #45
  16. Taras Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    You are right about that. She has more strength and determination in her index finger than the entire GOP has.

    That’s an absurd statement…

    She didn’t retire from her position at the prospect of being in the minority as did a lot of GOP house members in 2018. If Trump had appointed two more “conservative” justices, she’d still be there supporting what she believes.

    I wonder.

    If she really put her ideology first, she should have retired the way Anthony Kennedy did, when her party controlled the Senate and White House.

    There’s a lot of ego in progressives.   You’ll note that Republicans support, and Democrats oppose term limits:

    “If I’m not here, who knows what my idiot constituents will do!”

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  17. Django Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    You are right about that. She has more strength and determination in her index finger than the entire GOP has.

    That’s an absurd statement…

    She didn’t retire from her position at the prospect of being in the minority as did a lot of GOP house members in 2018. If Trump had appointed two more “conservative” justices, she’d still be there supporting what she believes.

    I wonder.

    If she really put her ideology first, she should have retired the way Anthony Kennedy did, when her party controlled the Senate and White House.

    There’s a lot of ego in progressives. You’ll note that Republicans support, and Democrats oppose term limits:

    “If I’m not here, who knows what my idiot constituents will do!”

    She did take a lot of heat for not retiring, the fear her critics had being that she’d be forced out by failing health when Republicans were the majority. Regarding why she didn’t resign, a lot of “strength and determination” comes from ego, IMNSHO. 

    I think Republican support for term limits is for show. Too many in secure seats hang on too long.  

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  18. Taras Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    You are right about that. She has more strength and determination in her index finger than the entire GOP has.

    That’s an absurd statement…

    She didn’t retire from her position at the prospect of being in the minority as did a lot of GOP house members in 2018. If Trump had appointed two more “conservative” justices, she’d still be there supporting what she believes.

    I wonder.

    If she really put her ideology first, she should have retired the way Anthony Kennedy did, when her party controlled the Senate and White House.

    There’s a lot of ego in progressives. You’ll note that Republicans support, and Democrats oppose term limits:

    “If I’m not here, who knows what my idiot constituents will do!”

    She did take a lot of heat for not retiring, the fear her critics had being that she’d be forced out by failing health when Republicans were the majority. Regarding why she didn’t resign, a lot of “strength and determination” comes from ego, IMNSHO.

    I think Republican support for term limits is for show. Too many in secure seats hang on too long.

     The Republicans implemented term limits for committee chairmen in their own caucus.  They tried to pass it overall, but the Supreme Court ruled they needed a Constitutional amendment; which of course meant the Democrats could vote it down even in the minority. 

      Like unilateral disarmament, unilateral term limitation by Republicans is a kind of suicidal idea; i.e.,  gifting the Democrats with more open seats to go after. 

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  19. Django Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    You are right about that. She has more strength and determination in her index finger than the entire GOP has.

    That’s an absurd statement…

    She didn’t retire from her position at the prospect of being in the minority as did a lot of GOP house members in 2018. If Trump had appointed two more “conservative” justices, she’d still be there supporting what she believes.

    I wonder.

    If she really put her ideology first, she should have retired the way Anthony Kennedy did, when her party controlled the Senate and White House.

    There’s a lot of ego in progressives. You’ll note that Republicans support, and Democrats oppose term limits:

    “If I’m not here, who knows what my idiot constituents will do!”

    She did take a lot of heat for not retiring, the fear her critics had being that she’d be forced out by failing health when Republicans were the majority. Regarding why she didn’t resign, a lot of “strength and determination” comes from ego, IMNSHO.

    I think Republican support for term limits is for show. Too many in secure seats hang on too long.

    The Republicans implemented term limits for committee chairmen in their own caucus. They tried to pass it overall, but the Supreme Court ruled they needed a Constitutional amendment; which of course meant the Democrats could vote it down even in the minority.

    Like unilateral disarmament, unilateral term limitation by Republicans is a kind of suicidal idea; i.e., gifting the Democrats with more open seats to go after.

    If they cared about their ideology, there would be a GOP succession plan for the secure seats, replacing the old blood with new. That doesn’t equal unilateral disarmament. The truth is that I am more cynical than you. It’s easy to support something that can’t be achieved. To me, it’s a kind of virtue signaling. I admit I am probably wrong in one or two cases. 

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  20. Skyler Coolidge
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    Taras (View Comment):

    If she really put her ideology first, she should have retired the way Anthony Kennedy did, when her party controlled the Senate and White House.

     

    She never said her ideology came first.  She has consistently said that her longevity on the court comes first, along with keeping very expensive art from the Smithsonian on her office walls, kept from the viewing public.

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