Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in Trump's head. And she has no plans of leaving.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not come to play.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, the Supreme Court Justice has served on the highest court for nearly 25 years. Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the court and has served with distinction, proving herself to be a outspoken advocate for workers rights, civil rights, gender equality, and the separation of church and state.

Fans (yes, justices can have super devoted fans) look up Ginsburg for her intelligence, rapier-wit, courage, strength, and even her fashion sense. (Dig her imitated but never duplicated dissent collar.) There are T-shirts, necklaces, dolls, and a coloring book in her honor.


As the kids say, she's a badass.

And at 84, while many of her peers have been retired for decades, Ginsburg shows no signs of slowing down.

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In fact, Ginsburg just revealed a subtle, yet pointed "Ginsburn" to the Trump administration.

Today, Ginsburg announced that she has hired law clerks through 2020, an indication she intends to remain firmly behind the bench through the end of President Donald Trump's first term.

Trump has long been a vocal critic of Ginsburg, even tweeting in 2016, "Her mind is shot — resign!" (It's probably no coincidence that just prior, Ginsburg called then candidate Trump a "faker" for not releasing his tax returns.)

Were she to heed Trump's advice, Ginsburg's retirement would free up another coveted lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, which the Trump administration would surely try to fill with someone more aligned with their political beliefs. In November, Trump even shared a list of conservative judges already in the running for his future Supreme Court picks.

But Ginsburg's move signals to Trump and anyone else in the wings, that she's not going anywhere.

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Not only is she sticking around, Ginsburg's voice is more important than ever.

A levelheaded jurist like Ginsburg provides a much-needed check on the Trump administration's pointed attacks on immigrants, civil rights, and some of the basic tenets of the constitution.

In it for the long haul, Ginsburg, a two-time cancer survivor, has been celebrated for keeping her body and mind in peak condition by working with a personal trainer, and insists she'll stay in the job as long as she's able.

However long the notorious RBG serves, she'll likely have generations of supporters cheering her on (and making Trump stew in the process).

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Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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