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Rehnquist's Health

The announcement suggests that Rehnquist is suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, said Herman Kattlove, an oncologist and medical editor for the American Cancer Society. The anaplastic variety is the only type of thyroid cancer that is treated with chemotherapy.

“It’s not treatable by surgery, only by chemotherapy and radiation,” said Kattlove in a telephone interview. “It’s rarely, if ever, curable, and most patients die within a few months.”

(From Bloomberg.)

For the tin-foil-hat crowd: What if Rehnquist is unable to serve, Bush appoints a new Justice, and that Justice settles the election?