Federal judiciary

Ginsburg set to return to Supreme Court bench this week

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to return to the bench on Tuesday when the court returns from its four-week midwinter break, reports Bloomberg.

Backdrop: It'll be Ginsburg’s first time on the bench since she underwent lung cancer surgery in December to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung. Last week, the 85-year-old participated in a private conference during which the justices considered adding cases to their docket — and she's spent the last weeks working from home as she recovered.

Go deeper: Ginsburg: "I have about at least 5 more years" on the Supreme Court

Trump's pick for Kavanaugh replacement grilled over controversial op-eds

Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Neomi Rao. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

President Trump’s nominee to fill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — the nation’s second-highest court — faced criticism during her confirmation hearing Tuesday from some members of both parties on the Senate Judiciary Committee over her controversial past writings on gender equality, sexual assault and race.

The backdrop: Neomi Rao, who currently serves as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, attended Yale University and wrote often about date rape. In an October 1994 column, she suggested that sexual assault at college parties could be avoided if women didn’t drink too much. She also wrote articles that characterized sexual and racial oppression as “myths.”

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