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Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses Supreme Court oral arguments for first time


Ginsburg, who has recently had some health issues, has not missed oral arguments in 25 years

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday will miss Supreme Court oral arguments for the first time in her 25 years on the bench.

Here's what we know

On Nov. 7, Ginsburg, 85, fell down in her Supreme Court office. She went home after the incident, but continued to experience discomfort and was admitted to George Washington University the next morning. Doctors discovered that she had "fractured three ribs on her left side," and discharged her the following day.

However, during that visit doctors also discovered that she had malignant nodules on the lower lobe of her left lung.

She returned to the hospital in December to have these removed. On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court press office reported that the surgery had been successful, and the nodules had been removed. According to the official news release:

According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.

She was discharged from the hospital on Christmas Day.

According to The Associated Press, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said that Ginsburg would miss Monday's arguments because she was still recovering from the surgery. An unnamed spokeswoman told CNBC that Ginsburg would still take part "on the basis of briefs, filings and transcripts" from her home.

What else?

Ginsburg was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. In July, Ginsburg told CNN she thought she had "at least five more years" left before she needed to retire.

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