Senate Judiciary Committee wraps up Kavanaugh hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee wraps up Kavanaugh hearing

Our party controls neither the White House nor the Senate. The aim, after all, is to win confirmation, and in these partisan times, an ill-chosen phrase can be damaging to a nominee's prospects. Cory Booker after the Democrat eventually followed through on his threat to release confidential documents from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's records.

Still, Kavanaugh revealed a few things about himself, professionally and personally.

The student, Aalayah Eastmond, says that if Kavanaugh doesn't have the decency to shake hands with the father of a shooting victim, he shouldn't be able to "make life-changing decisions" affecting real people.

"I know it's frustrating to the press but until I finish my review I'm going to defer my decision-making", Collins said.

"Senator Booker represents a future-driven vision for our party and our nation that has inspired millions". Two potential swing votes, Republican Sens.

Kavanaugh is a conservative who could tip the court's balance for a generation. Many reproductive rights advocates believe Kavanaugh would provide the deciding vote to overturn Roe or significantly weaken abortion rights on the Supreme Court - a view that advocates and Senate Democrats believe was confirmed by the 2003 email. The only recent case in which Kavanaugh ruled on abortion came a year ago, when he argued that an undocumented minor teenager in federal custody should not be permitted to have an abortion immediately.

"What we do know is extremely troubling and dangerously out of step with the American people", she said, "particularly on critical issues including executive power, abortion rights and pre-existing conditions".

After most senators settled in to their usual roles and the chaos of protests and political infighting subsided, the support for Kavanaugh among the Republican ranks is the same.

Eastmond was speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

She told Petraeus that the surge was a "failed policy" and said Petraeus's upbeat reports of success required "a willing suspension of disbelief". Kagan, incidentally, was the dean at Harvard Law School who hired Kavanaugh to teach there.

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The makeup of support and opposition to Kavanaugh's confirmation in the Senate appears to have held relatively steady throughout the marathon testimony. Democrats are strongly against Kavanaugh's nomination, with 63% who say the senate shouldn't vote in favor, slightly down from 67%. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, about Kavanaugh's dissent in a 2015 case involving a Catholic group that objected to contraception. Less than two weeks before the 2016 election, Cruz suggested the Senate's refusal to act on Garland's nomination might continue even if Hillary Clinton ultimately won election.

The latter group included a woman from IN who made the farcical claim that the ability of women to get birth control would virtually disappear if Kavanaugh is confirmed, and a 15-year old (one of three teenagers to testify against the nominee, remarkably) who complained about Kavanaugh's decisions on environmental issues.

Football, baseball, basketball, hockey and lacrosse all got mentions from the sports-crazed Kavanaugh, who even identified the seats he and his father had at professional football games in Washington.

So, in the spirit of full transparency, I asked all of my Democratic colleagues during the hearing whether they would practice what they preach by releasing their own personal emails relating to the Kavanaugh nomination.

But the sports references didn't stop there.

In that ruling, the majority of justices on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed that the city's gun registration law and ban on semi-automatic weapons was constitutional. That image stood in contrast to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' more stinging description of the court as "nine scorpions in a bottle".

So. The hearings of the Democrats versus Trump.

During his grueling testimony, Kavanaugh maintained a genial demeanor, blunting some of the most aggressive questioning from Democrats seeking to unsettle him. "Too many missing emails and too many questions about his trustworthiness".

This time, Kavanaugh responded directly to Harris's question, saying that "the answer is no".

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