Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead at 87, reports the court.

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court's liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action. … The vacancy gives Trump the opportunity to further solidify the conservative majority on the court.

After the death of justice Antonin Scalia nine months before the end of President Barack Obama's term of office, Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell insisted that it would be inappropriate to enrobe a replacement in an election year. He denied Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, a vote.

When asked if the rule would apply to Trump, McConnell was equally clear: of course it won't.