Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday night at the age of 87, was a towering figure in American politics. A pioneering advocate for gender equality, Ginsberg was just the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, and over her 27 years on the Court she became the leader of its liberal bloc. Born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrant parents from Austria and Ukraine, Ginsburg overcame great adversity in both her public and private life, and brought an intense commitment to her seat on the Court: Despite a litany of personal-health scares and family tragedies, it was only last year that Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time, following surgery for lung cancer.
In commemoration of her historic life and career, Intelligencer has gathered photos that capture some her most pivotal moments, and her ascent to icon status in American culture.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1977.
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Ginsburg with President Bill Clinton, who nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993.
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Ginsburg with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Carol Mosley Braun before the first day of her Senate confirmation hearings in July 1993.
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Ginsburg holding up a book written by her grandson during the first day of her Senate confirmation hearing.
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Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist swearing in Ginsburg in August 1993.
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Ginsburg with the Supreme Court and the president shortly after her appointment.
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Ginsburg in December 1993.
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Ginsburg answering a reporter’s questions in Joe Biden’s office in 1993.
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Al Gore is sworn in for his second term as vice-president by Ginsburg in January 1997.
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The first two female justices, Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pose for a portrait in Statuary Hall in March 2001.
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Ginsburg sits in her chambers in August 2002.
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President Barack Obama hugs Justice Ginsburg prior to his 2011 State of the Union.
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Kate McKinnon as Justice Ginsburg in 2015.
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Ginsburg at the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October 2018.
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The Supreme Court sits for the official portrait in 2018 following the appointment of Justice Kavanaugh.
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An early-vote trend that could prove decisive on Election Night
One important election night twist: early mail ballots are really good for Biden in Arizona so far, reversing the traditional pattern (you may recall McSally led and then Sinema over took post election day). Now, I’d expect Biden to have the Election Night lead in Arizona.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is carrying a cash advantage of more than $100 million over President Donald Trump into the final weeks of the election, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.
Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday revealed that Biden, the Democratic National Committee and two affiliated committees had $331.2 million in the bank as of Oct. 14, while Trump, the Republican National Committee and two of their fundraising affiliates had $223.6 million in reserve.
The filings also show that Biden continues to significantly outspend Trump. The president’s campaign raised $44 million and spent $63 million in the first two weeks of October, while Biden raised $130 million and dropped $145 million — more than $10 million a day during that time.
There have been other reports of landlords and renters clashing over the election, but this incident is extreme
A letter reportedly sent to tenants in a Colorado trailer park issued a jarring warning: If former vice president Joe Biden wins the election, your rent will double.
The short note, which was allegedly sent to residents by the owner of a Fort Morgan, Colo., trailer park on Monday, claimed that a Democratic victory in the presidential race would lead to “more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees and regulations … everything!”
“This also means YOUR RENT will be increased to cover these expenses,” the note continued. “Most likely, rent would DOUBLE in price!”
The stark letter, which residents shared with KUSA, irritated tenants and outraged some Colorado Democrats who on Thursday called the note “fearmongering” and a “scare tactic.” The Colorado secretary of state’s office has forwarded complaints about the letter to the state attorney general, KUSA reported.