Ginsburg: Despite undergoing surgery to treat pancreatic cancer yesterday, friends say Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg probably won’t be leaving the Supreme Court any time soon. The Clinton appointee has said in the past that she would like to match Louis Brandeis’ 23-year-tenure on the high court, and she already survived a bout of colorectal cancer in 1999, Legal Times reports.
Guiding Obama: The Washington Post profiles White House Counsel Gregory Craig, who the paper says will play an increasingly important role steadying the young Obama administration. Craig has already produced the president’s major executive orders, and he has taken charge of the vetting process for his remaining cabinet nominees. The Washington veteran also has an apparent penchant for white corduroy pants.
Stimulus Saga: A bi-partisan group of Senators is negotiating furiously behind the scenes to try and whittle down the cost of the $920 billion Obama stimulus plan, reports the New York Times. Republicans have already come up with a $90 billion wish list of cuts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who originally promised to have the legislation done by the end of the week, has given the group until the end of Friday to reach a compromise.
Jobs Slashed: The economy shed 598,000 jobs in January, the most since 1974, bringing the unemployment rate up to 7.6 percent. Since the recession started in December 2007, the U.S. has lost 3.6 million jobs.
Going, Going, Bong: Michael Phelps’ has been walking a public relations tightrope since a British tabloid published a photo of the Olympic champion smoking marijuana from a bong. Yesterday, Kellogg cereal announced that it would be dropping their sponsorship of the swimmer and USA Swimming has handed him a three month suspension.