Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it’s campaign fodder

Alicia Farmer
October 10, 2018

The rally comes a day after the White House held another swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was initially sworn in on October 6 in a ceremony at the Supreme Court. He jumped in with his first question after most of the other justices had spoken.

This comes after Kavanaugh was sworn in over the weekend by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts, who also attended the ceremony.

The president's party could increase their hold of the Senate, since 10 of the Democratic seats are in states carried by Donald Trump in 2016 - five of which he won by double digits.

There were no disruptions in the courtroom, and the justices laughed at one another's jokes.

Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late Monday gave the Trump administration a chance to perform the equivalent of a victory lap on live television.

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote.

According to the Associated Press, the lifting of the ban "is something of a reward to Iowa Sen".

On Tuesday, the court is scheduled to hear two hours of arguments in cases involving long sentences for repeat offenders. The cases concerned a Florida robbery conviction and burglary convictions in Tennessee and Arkansas.

The justices themselves have expressed concern in recent years about public perception of the court. McConnell says Republicans will try to help Trump "get what he's looking for".

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There was a stark difference between the sexes, with 63 percent of women saying they would vote Democrat, and only 33 percent said they would vote Republican.

Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, for her vote to block Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has no plans to oppose her if she runs for re-election in 2022.

He later wrote in a newspaper opinion piece that he regretted some of his comments.

Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has denied leaking the letter that led to a delay in Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings and said that she respected Ford's request to remain anonymous.

McConnell's remarks were viewed as a signal that he would be open to filling a potential Supreme Court vacancy in 2020.

The left's use of uncorroborated sexual assault allegations to block Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court, Trump said, violated "every notion of fairness, decency and due process".

Before hearing arguments on Tuesday, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Mr Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

And on Monday evening he was the guest of honour at a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

The website said Kavanaugh's confirmation is "putting a national focus on the issue of sexual assault - and how we as a country can and should do more to prevent it and to support those who have experienced it". Those who stepped forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction, based on lies and deception. Dianne Feinstein of California.

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