U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneering champion of women’s rights and the second woman ever to serve on the nation's highest court, died on Friday at her home in Washington surrounded by her family.
She was 87.
The cause was complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Court said in a statement.
During her decades on the court, she provided key votes in landmark rulings securing equal rights for women, expanding gay rights and safeguarding abortion rights.
Her departure could dramatically alter the court’s ideological balance, which currently has a 5-4 conservative majority.
The Senate confirmation battle over a Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg is likely to be fierce - especially since Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee in an election year in 2016 because, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at the time, (quote), “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice.
Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” But on Friday night, McConnell made it clear that that rationale would not apply here, saying in a statement, (quote), “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” Supreme Court appointments require Senate confirmation, and Trump's fellow Republicans control the chamber.
Trump, seeking re-election on November 3, already has appointed two conservatives to lifetime posts on the court - Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
Known as the "Notorious RBG", Ginsburg had become something of a cult figure for liberals in recent years.
She was also the subject of the documentary “RBG” and the film “On the Basis of Sex,” both released in 2018.
Summing up her lifelong work toward gender equality, Ginsburg said in the documentary, (quote), “I ask no favor for my sex.
All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” NPR reported that Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter just days before her death, saying her (quote) "most fervent wish" is to not be replaced until a new president is installed.
The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime Supreme Court seat despite a Democratic boycott, clearing the way for a final Senate confirmation vote planned for Monday. This video produced by Jonah Green.
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Enforcement Directorate on October 19 questioned former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah in connection with the alleged misappropriation of Rs 43 crore when he was the chairman of JandK Cricket Association. He said, "This questioning has been going on for many years, it is nothing new. I am not going to say anything. The Court will decide what is to be done. I am not worried."
JandK Police have arrested a person named Kuljeet Kumar from Samba district on October 08. He has been arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan. The accused has been produced before Court. Further details awaited.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said negotiators were making progress in talks with the Trump administration for another round of COVID-19 stimulus, but Senate Republicans remained skeptical of a possible deal costing trillions of dollars.
Michigan officials launched a campaign aiming to recruit 30,000 poll workers for the November 3rd election, resulting in an overwhelming response from students at the University of Michigan and other colleges around the state. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] Republican Senator Lindsey Graham kicked off the Senate Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearing with his party looking to push through the approval of President Trump's nominee, conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before the November 3rd presidential election. Lisa Bernhard has more.
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Director Patty Jenkins' new "Wonder Woman" movie has been delayed three times during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the director is sounding the alarm that movie-going itself is under real threat. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] Mourners quietly filed past the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin outside the white marble court building on Wednesday as the United States began three days of tributes to the liberal icon. Freddie Joyner has more
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CNN is reporting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. The court announced that she passed due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. In recent years served as the most senior member of the court's liberal wing. She consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day.