Justice Ginsburg to Miss Arguments Next Week, Recovery 'On Track'

Popcorn with Peter Travers at ABC News studios in New York City Dec. 13 2018

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As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to recover from cancer surgery, people are clamoring to copy her iconic look. She has been reading legal briefs and participating in cases by relaying her votes to the other justices...

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. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", Supreme Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg said in a statement.

Trump replaced the conservative late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the more moderate conservative former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy with two conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

But should she not return for the February 19 public sessions, there will likely be renewed concern for the liberal justice's future.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has had the opportunity to replace two retiring justices, tipping the balance in the conservatives' favor.

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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. She had scheduled the treatments for both so she wouldn't miss oral arguments.

"She was a groundbreaking pioneer who understood that laws needed to change as well as culture, and made it her entire career doing just that", says Armie Hammer, who plays Bader Ginsburg's supportive husband Marty. That said, I'm willing to call it now: she is invincible. She previously was a Georgia Supreme Court justice, a Georgia solicitor general and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

While odds for a recovery from the surgery she had are good, they go way up if the subsequent pathology report shows no cancer in the lymph nodes.

Nevertheless, Politico reports that the Trump administration is quietly urging conservative groups to prepare for her departure in the near future. That decision came into stark relief this month when Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs-and half of the nation took a collective gasp.

Ginsburg's health troubles have been met by significant concern from liberals, who recognize that if she retires and Trump picks a conservative to replace her, it would mark a significant generational shift to the right for the court.

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