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By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a procedure to place a heart stent this morning after doctors discovered blockage in one of her arteries, the high court announced.

In a statement, the Supreme Court said Ginsburg had felt some discomfort while exercising Tuesday night, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where doctors discovered the blockage.

Court officials say Ginsburg is “resting comfortably” at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, and is expected to be released within 48 hours.

Ginsburg, who took her seat on the court in 1993 and is approaching 23 years of service, underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1999, followed by months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In 2009, Ginsburg had surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer, and was released from the hospital several days later. Less than three weeks after the surgery, Ginsburg was back on the bench to hear oral arguments.

Ginsburg has resisted calls for her to step down from the nation’s high court to ensure that President Obama can make an appointment before he leaves office in 2017.

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Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.