US Supreme Court’s Ginsburg again being treated for cancer

first_img“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam,” she said in a statement. “I remain fully able to do that.”Supreme Court justices serve until they die or voluntarily retire, and Ginsburg has clung to her position despite her age and health struggles, aware that if she leaves it could change the US judicial landscape.President Donald Trump’s administration would relish an opportunity to appoint a new justice who would tilt the court in a more solidly conservative direction, potentially shifting US law and social policy for decades.The four liberals — with moderate conservative Chief Justice John Roberts often acting as a swing vote — have prevented a reversal of long-standing abortion rights, rebuked stronger executive powers for the president and staved off greater involvement of religion in public life. Ginsburg, who was appointed to the court by president Bill Clinton in 1993, has suffered at least three previous bouts with cancer over the past two decades, including colon cancer and lung cancer.’I wish her the best’ “My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease,” Ginsburg said.”I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” she said. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine.”Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.”Ginsburg said a brief hospitalization this week for an infection was unrelated to her cancer diagnosis and treatment.Asked Tuesday at a White House press conference about Ginsburg’s health, Trump said: “I wish her the best… She’s actually given me some good rulings.”Trump has welcomed some of the Supreme Court’s rulings, but more often over the past three years it has dealt his administration setbacks — on his immigration policies and, more recently, his bid to prevent his finances from being made public. Both Trump’s Republicans as well as Democrats have made the balance of the court a campaign issue for November’s presidential election.Trump, who has already appointed two justices to the court, said in June he was planning to release a list of potential candidates for the next vacant seat if he is reelected.”If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice,” he tweeted.Democrats have sought to mobilize voters, warning that Trump should not be allowed to name another justice.Hugely popular with Democrats, Ginsburg has become a feminist hero and an unintentional social media icon fondly known as “The Notorious RBG,” a riff on slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G.”She is the consummate fighter,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond, calling Ginsburg “an extremely independent, clear, talented and farsighted jurist.””Even when her views do not prevail, she writes incisive dissents that eviscerate the majority’s arguments and show how similar cases should be resolved in the future,” he said.Ginsburg has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including for two days in May to remove gall stones.Her hospital stays have always seen her actively participating in court activities by teleconference.”She’s got this,” said Representative Joyce Beatty, one of several Democratic members of Congress who wished her a speedy recovery. “There’s a reason she’s #NotoriousRBG.”Topics : US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 87-year-old anchor of its liberal wing, said Friday that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer but will remain on the bench.Ginsburg, one of the four progressive justices on the nine-member court, said a biopsy in February had revealed lesions on her liver.Ginsburg, the oldest member of the court, said a course of immunotherapy had proved unsuccessful but chemotherapy was “yielding positive results.”last_img read more

Chelsea’s opening day of the season XI? Eden Hazard news to force changes

first_imgOnly a few weeks after sealing the Premier League title, Chelsea have been dealt a blow for next season.It’s been confirmed that Eden Hazard, one of the star performers of their triumph, has fractured his ankle while training with his national team, Belgium.The likelihood, then, is that the winger will be unavailable for selection come the start of their title defence in August.Replacing him will be no easy task for Antonio Conte, so with Hazard likely to be out come the opening day of the season, how could Chelsea’s first XI of the 2017/18 campaign look?Scroll through the gallery above to check out the possible line-up. 11 11 6. Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante – Kante seems a bargain signing at £30m, proving he was no one-season wonder at Leicester City. The Frenchman took little time to settle in the Chelsea team and, worryingly for their rivals, is still improving. 2. Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta – Azpilicueta has taken on the label as the ‘unsung hero’ of the Chelsea team. His role rarely garners the attention it deserves, as his importance to the Blues continues to blossom. His versatility makes him one of Conte’s most key players. 11 3. Centre back: David Luiz – Only a handful of supporters would have predicted Luiz would have such a vital role in Chelsea’s title-winning season. He’s been at the heart of a new-look Blues defence and is likely to remain just as crucial next season. 11 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – check out the full possible Chelsea line up by clicking the arrow above, right – Courtois isn’t going anywhere this summer. The Chelsea ‘keeper claimed the Golden Glove in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign and seems fully committed to continuing success at Stamford Bridge. He recently told Sky Sports News that “there is no doubt I will stay” and spoke of his desire to sign a new deal, with two years remaining on his current contract. 8. Left wing-back: Marcos Alonso – Alonso was a surprise performer for Chelsea, contributing six goals and three assists while doing his bit defensively. He thrived in a wing-back role, but Conte might be keen to get in cover for the Spaniard. 9. Right attack: Pedro – Pedro disappointed in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, but has seemed full of confidence under Conte. He scored nine and assisted nine, and his form saw him move ahead of Willian in the pecking order. 11 7. Centre midfield: Tiemoué Bakayoko – Conte is expected to bolster his options in central midfield this summer, with a new partner for Kante anticipated. Chelsea have been linked with a move for Bakayoko for much of this year and various reports claim discussions are taking place. While the 22-year-old is far from the finished article, he’s impressed at Monaco and will improve. 11 5. Right wing-back: Dani Alves – At the end of last week, the Daily Mail reported that Chelsea are considering a move for Dani Alves, as the Brazilian could be made available by Juventus in the summer market. It’s understood that Conte wants competition for Victor Moses on the right flank and is interested by Alves, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Serie A outfit. 11 11 4. Centre back: Gary Cahill – Cahill took over the on-field captaincy role from John Terry and is the leading candidate to be given the armband on a permanent basis this summer, as Terry prepares to leave his boyhood club. He’s led by example and his passion has earned him a place in Chelsea hearts. 11 10. Left attack: Willian – There has been uncertainty over the future of Willian, who made more substitute appearances (19) than starts (15) last season, but injury to Hazard may change Conte’s thinking in the summer market. Manchester United might be left disappointed in their reported pursuit of the Brazilian. 11. Striker: Alvaro Morata or Romelu Lukaku – If reports are to be believed, these are the two strikers topping Conte’s wish list as to who can either compete for a place or replace Diego Costa. The pair scored a combined 40 league goals and are hot property in the market.last_img read more