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Ruth Bader Ginsburg back at work after stomach bug

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to work Friday morning after missing a day of oral arguments this week due to a stomach bug.

Ginsburg, 86, is participating in the justices’ regularly scheduled, closed-door conference, where they are expected to take an initial vote on a case concerning the future of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The four-time cancer survivor missed oral arguments on Wednesday due to a bout with the stomach flu.

A court spokesperson had said Ginsburg is expected to participate in the cases by reading the briefs.

Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time last term while recovering from surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung. She participated in the cases by reading transcripts.

She has been an active participant from the bench this term, often asking the first questions, as the justices have been hearing an unusual docket of blockbuster cases, including immigration, abortion and the Second Amendment.

Thursday night, at his first major public appearance, Justice Brett Kavanaugh called Ginsburg, the leading liberal on the court, an “inspiration” before a crowd of conservative lawyers.

On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to release audio of the DACA arguments from Tuesday, during which Ginsburg was present, and potentially announce whether it will grant more cases for this term’s docket.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump are also expected to ask the justices to block a House subpoena for the President’s financial records — a day after Trump asked the high court to take up a case this term concerning a similar subpoena.

On Monday, the justices will take the bench briefly again to issue orders. There are no scheduled arguments next week.

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