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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Whitaker Appointment

Matthew Whitaker, acting attorney general, will keep his job at the Justice Department -- for now.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge that claimed Whitaker's appointment was illegal because he was not confirmed by the Senate. President Trump named Whitaker to fill in for Jeff Sessions, who resigned in November under pressure from the president.

Arguing in Michaels v. Whitaker , Justice Department lawyers said former presidents have appointed high level officials 160 times without Senate approval. This time, it apparently isn't necessary either.

As Ginsburg Rests, White House Plans to Replace Her

After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments recently, the White House reportedly began looking for her replacement.

It's no secret that President Trump wants to add another conservative Justice to the High Court. But according to sources, the White House has quietly told political allies to prepare for Ginsburg's death or departure.

Ginsburg, meanwhile, has been working at home since cancer surgery last month. She is expected to recover fully.

Justice Ginsburg Has Malignant Cancer Removed From Her Lung

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had cancerous growths surgically removed from her lung Friday, and she is expected to recover fully after a few days in the hospital.

In a press release, the U.S. Supreme Court said the nodules were discovered after the Justice fell and broke her ribs in November. The nodules were malignant, but there was "no evidence of the disease elsewhere in her body."

It is the third time Ginsburg has battled cancer. Each time, the notorious one has won.

To say that 2018 has been a crazy year for the High Court would be an understatement. From Kennedy's retirement to Kavanaugh's confirmation, it's been a wild ride. Justice Ginsburg even took a tumble.

But both the Notorious RBG and the whole High Court keep on keeping on, making history and monumental decisions, that is. Below you can read about five of the most monumental High Court decisions from 2018.

Study Finds Secrets Hidden in Justices' Vocal Pitch

According to a new study, you can tell when judges are likely to rule against you by the pitch in their voices.

The higher the pitch, the higher the chances you are going to lose. It has something to do with the emotions signaled through the vocal chords.

It makes sense when you consider people often raise their voices when they are irritated. But what if the judges don't say anything?

The Notorious RBG Is A-Okay

SCOTUS fans can now let out a collective sigh of relief. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious RBG, is back to her full workout routine and is, in her own words, "almost repaired."

If you hadn't heard, at the beginning of November of this year, Justice Ginsburg fell and broke a few ribs. But, after a short hospitalization, not only did she immediately start physical therapy, she also got right back to work, and didn't miss a thing.

If you were on social media over the weekend, there's a good chance you saw the latest group photos of the Supreme Court Justices. The new group shots were done so as to include rookie Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

On social, more than just one well composed photo was shared. Many of the shots showed the Justices laughing, looking away, and grimacing (like that one emoji no one is really sure how to use). And thanks to the high levels of snark that social media is known for, many users, and even rather high-profile users, decided to poke a little fun at the Justices.

The United States Supreme Court seems to be hitting the ground running in 2019 with their full bench at full strength. As reported on SCOTUSBLOG by Amy Howe, the Justices have an ambitious couple weeks of arguments to start the new year.

During the second week of January, the justices will be hearing five cases, and the following week, six cases. And because the justices only hear cases a few days a week, five out of the six days, during that two-week stretch when they'll be hearing cases, they'll be doing two a day.

Below you can read a little bit about each of the cases that'll be heard next month.

In the highly politicized and partisan world we live in, it can be comforting when the Chief Justice of United States Supreme Court publicly states that there is no such thing as a Trump judge or Obama judge, or Bush judge or Clinton judge.

Roberts basically said that there are just judges, and that we should all be thankful for the fact that the judiciary is independent. His comment was in response to President Trump putting California's Northern District judge, Jon Tigar, on blast, calling him an "Obama judge," after he enjoined the new anti-asylum policy that was announced.

Supreme Court to Hear Virginia Redistricting Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to look at racial gerrymandering in Virginia again, too late to matter this year and maybe not next year either.

In Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, the big issue is whether the state's districts must be redrawn to correct racial gerrymandering. But in taking the case, the Supreme Court left open the possibility that Virginia will resolve the issue itself before oral arguments.

Another issue may still make it to the courtroom, however. The justices may want to decide whether the state House of Delegates has standing in the case.