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Justice Ginsburg keeps busy as US high court’s writer-in-chief

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg showed little evidence of slowing down on Monday, issuing rulings in two business-related cases just 11 days before her 86th birthday and two months after undergoing lung cancer surgery.

The liberal justice, who was named to the court in 1993 and is now its eldest member, had missed oral arguments in several cases in January while recuperating from her Dec. 21 surgery, but returned to the bench on Feb. 19 and has been an active participant since.

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Ginsburg has now authored four of the court’s 17 rulings in its current term, which started in October and ends in June, more than any of the eight other justices. During the weeks when she missed oral arguments, Ginsburg worked from home and participated and voted in cases by reading transcripts and briefs.

One of her opinions on Monday came in a copyright dispute that was argued in January when she was absent. In a unanimous ruling that handed a setback to the American music industry, the justices decided that lawsuits alleging copyright infringement can be brought only when the U.S. Copyright Office has officially registered the copyright, which can take months.

In the other ruling, Ginsburg wrote on behalf of a 7-2 majority in favor of railroad company BNSF Railway Co in a case concerning a workplace injury that was argued in November.

Ginsburg underwent a surgical procedure called a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to remove two cancerous nodules in her left lung. In January, the court said her recovery was on track.

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She has had other health issues in the past. Ginsburg was treated in 1999 for colon cancer and again in 2009 for pancreatic cancer. In 2014, doctors placed a stent in her right coronary artery to improve blood flow.

Ginsburg, appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton, is viewed as something of a cult figure by U.S. liberals, known as “RBG” after the late rapper Notorious BIG. A documentary film and a Hollywood biographical movie about her were released last year.

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If Ginsburg, one of the court’s four liberal justices, were unable to continue serving, President Donald Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right. Trump has added two justices since becoming president in January 2017, cementing its 5-4 conservative majority.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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