Updated May 6, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital after nonsurgical treatment

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouri/Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday following nonsurgical treatment for a gallbladder condition, according to a statement.

The state of play: Ginsberg, 87, underwent treatment for a benign condition called acute cholecystitis. She is not expected to miss any oral arguments, which are currently being conducted via teleconference.

  • She was "suffering from a gallstone that has migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection," a Tuesday statement noted.

Between the lines: Ginsberg's health has fluctuated in recent years amid battles with cancer.

  • She is the longest-serving member of the court's liberal wing and has been treated for cancer twice in just over a year, including a treatment that forced her to miss oral arguments for the first time in her career.

What to watch: Ginsberg will continue to visit the hospital over the next few weeks for outpatient treatment.

Go deeper: Ginsburg says historians will view today's political climate as "an aberration"

Go deeper

Trump's week of viral quicksand

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Stories about President Trump's photo op at St. John's church after peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from the area averaged the most online attention of any issue about the president this week.

Why it matters: Trump's force-over-compassion approach to the demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd had Republican allies backpedaling to keep a distance — and led to a wave of condemnations that got plenty of online traction on their own.

Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

Updated 10 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 6,724.516 — Total deaths: 394,018 — Total recoveries — 2,996,832Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,894,753 — Total deaths: 109,042 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
  4. Sports: How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar.
  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
  6. Media: The Athletic lays off 8% of staff, implements company-wide pay cut.