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Via SCOTUSblog comes news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ” had surgery for an apparently early-stage pancreatic cancer today.” She checked into the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to have a “small tumor, approximately 1 cm across,” removed from the center of her pancreas.  Ginsburg will remain in the hospital for a week or so.

Scientific American chimes in on a bummer note to say that pancreatic cancer “is one of the most deadly forms of cancer.”President Obama has offered his “thoughts and prayers.” I don’t envy the guy who’d have to replace her. Ginsburg, who is 75 years old, was appointed to the court 16 years ago by President Clinton; after Sandra Day O’Connor‘s exit, she’s the only lady we’ve got left on the high court.

I had the pleasure to wait on her at a Kennedy Center function a couple years ago. She’s a tiny lady, but she finished her plate. I think she asked for red. When she left I totally stole her place setting.