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RBG Isn't Retiring Anytime Soon

Bader Ginsburg says she'll keep going on Supreme Court until she can't do it 'full-steam'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2016 12:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – As the Supreme Court starts its new term Monday and the gossip mill restarts on who will fill Antonin Scalia's empty seat, there's at least one other judge's chair that's not being willingly relinquished in the near future. Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down for an interview with NPR to talk about her new book, My Own Words, which comes out Tuesday. The 300-page compilation features the justice's best writings—from a high school editorial she penned to what the AP calls some of her "spiciest" dissenting opinions—and even a few photos (don't miss seeing her take on an elliptical machine). This book, whose selections were hand-picked by Ginsburg and her two authorized biographers, was supposed to come out after a biography on her.

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But in the NPR interview last month, Ginsburg—who Politico points out is the oldest justice on the court at age 83 and often the subject of speculation about when she'll step down—tipped her hand on her retirement plans, noting her biographers wanted her court tenure to be near completion before they published the biography, and so they chose "to flip the order" of the books. When prodded a bit more, she replied (perhaps much to Donald Trump's chagrin), "I will retire when it's time. And, when is it time? When I can't do the job full-steam." Check out the NPR piece for more on what's in RBG's new book, including the scoop on her sleep habits and the one thing that made her cry in front of interviewer Nina Totenberg this summer. (Need advice on how to live? Ginsburg offered some in Sunday's New York Times.)

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