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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talks to 'The Rachel Maddow Show' About When She'll Step Down: VIDEO


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with The Rachel Maddow Show for a rare interview in which she discussed her bouts with cancer, getting a stent in her heart, and when she might decide to retire.

"I will step down when I feel I can no longer do the job full steam."

Ginsburg also talks about what the nation's unfinished business is when it comes to gender equality, abortion, President Obama, Citizens United, Chief Justice Roberts, Hobby Lobby, the court's rulings on women's rights, segregation, the voting rights act, Congress, and what she'd like to be remembered for.

She also offers her opinion on people who are so obsessed with her that they are getting Ruth Bader Ginsburg tattoos.

Watch the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...


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NOM: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Must Recuse Herself from Gay Marriage Case or Face Congressional Investigation


Citing Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent interview where she said the U.S. is more or less ready for nationwide marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown is now demanding the Supreme Court justice recuse herself from the upcoming gay marriage cases or face a congressional investigation.

Via press release:

Federal law (28 US Code Sec. 455) requires federal judges to disqualify themselves "in any proceeding in which [her] impartiality might reasonably be questioned."

Brown1"Justice Ginsburg has made it crystal clear that she is going to rule in favor of redefining marriage when these cases come before her," Brown said. "We demand that she comply with federal law and disqualify herself as she is required to do. If she refuses, we will ask Congress to act."

Ginsburg's highly inappropriate media commentary is being used by advocates for same-sex marriage who also see it as a foreshadowing of her ruling. The Human Rights Campaign called her comments "taking a bold stand for progress and equality, stating that the country is ready for marriage equality." They are using her comments to recruit signers to a brief they plan to submit to the Court.

"The impartiality of judges is the very foundation of our legal system" said Brown. "When you have a situation where a judge has already decided how to rule on a pending case before it is even presented or argued, the integrity of the judicial system is called into question. This goes way beyond the issue of same-sex marriage and cuts to the heart of whether our federal judiciary can be trusted to fairly consider and adjudicate important issues. Ginsburg comments suggest they cannot."

Last month, the American Family Association called on both Ginsburg and fellow Justice Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the gay marriage cases because both have officiated at same-sex weddings in the past. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Admits She 'Wasn't 100% Sober' At the State of the Union: VIDEO


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have had one glass of wine too many before the President's State of the Union Address last month.

Hear what happened, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, RBG said the U.S. is ready for nationwide marriage equality

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: America Is Ready for Nationwide Marriage Equality - VIDEO


In an interview Wednesday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the U.S. is ready for nationwide marriage equality.

Bloomberg reports:

The 81-year-old justice discussed the public’s increasing acceptance of gays against the backdrop of resistance by Alabama officials to a federal court order that took effect Monday and made it the 37th gay-marriage state. With the high court set to rule on the issue by June, she said it “would not take a large adjustment” for Americans should the justices say that gay marriage is a constitutional right.

“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor -- we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.”

Is Ginsburg merely sharing her own viewpoint on the matter or is she perhaps tipping the Supreme Court's hand ahead of the big decision later this year?


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SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reveals Which Ruling She'd Undo if She Could: VIDEO


"If I had any talent in the world, any talent that God could give me, I'd be a great diva."

SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down at Georgetown this week for an interview.

She was asked about the cases the Court has heard and about which ruling she might undo if she could, the Guardian reports: would be the Citizens United decision. “I think our system is being polluted by money,” Ginsburg said.

Ginsburg said she is optimistic that “sensible restrictions” on campaign financing will one day be in place, quoting her late husband Martin Ginsburg to explain why: “The true symbol of the United States is not the eagle, it’s the pendulum – when it swings too far in one direction, it will swing back.” ...

Ginsburg’s long fight for gender equality may have led some to believe she would pick the Hobby Lobby ruling, which allows corporations to be exempt from providing healthcare that covers women’s reproductive services on religious grounds. But she said the many recent and aggressive attempts to restrict women’s access to health services could be stopped.

On the subject of women, she discussed the career challenges she was faced with, answered another question she gets asked a lot: "When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court."

Watch her answer that question perfectly, AFTER THE JUMP...

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AFA Demands Justices Kagan and Ginsburg Recuse Themselves From SCOTUS Gay Marriage Case


The American Family Association (AFA), known for its vehement and vitriolic opposition to gay rights, has demanded that Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a.k.a. Notorious R.B.G.) recuse themselves from the Court's review of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee because both justices have officiated at same-sex weddings:

“Both of these justices’ personal and private actions that actively endorse gay marriage clearly indicate how they would vote on same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Congress has directed that federal judicial officers must disqualify themselves from hearing cases in specified circumstances. Both Kagan and Ginsburg have not only been partial to same-sex marriage but they have also proven themselves to be activists in favor of it. In order to ensure the Court’s integrity and impartiality, both should recuse themselves from same-sex marriage cases. Congress has an obligation to Americans to see that members of the Supreme Court are held to the highest standards of integrity. The law demands it, and the people deserve it.”

AFA followed its statement with an "Action Alert" to its members, calling on them to write to their members of Congress, "urging them to remind members of the nation’s highest court of their charge to maintain impartiality."

The weddings in question were officiated by Kagan in September of 2014 and by Ginsburg in August of 2013


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