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Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

After one of the most "bruising and divisive political battles in recent memory", the US Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court by a margin of 50 to 48, says Josh Glancy in the Times.

US law requires justices to step aside when there is a conflict of interest or genuine question of bias, but it leaves the recusal decision in the hands of the individual justices.

"You can not be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for", adds Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, before cutting to left-wing protesters pounding on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court.

"There is a group of voters, older women that have been a pretty good support group for Republicans, and they are starting to turn on Republicans and I think they may be the deciding factor in this election", he said.

He laughed loudly and said the answer was so obvious that even political reporters could determine on their own that it was true. The more seats Democrats hold in 2018, for example, the easier it could be for them to win back the Senate in the 2020 presidential election. The president had said the notion that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted someone and that the allegations from Ford and other women could be taken as fact made this a very scary time for young men in America.

The President denies all the allegations against him. The conservative-dominate high court now completes the Republicans' stranglehold on all three branches of the federal government. And no litigant has asked her to. Garland had been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, but Senate Republicans never acted on the nomination.

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The Democratic Coalition first filed the two complaints less than a week before his confirmation vote October 2.

Democrats including Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Jerrold Nadler have called on Kavanaugh to step aside from any case involving Democratic lawmakers.

Another ethicist, Stephen Gillers of New York University, disagreed that the complaints are moot. President Trump said during his presidential campaign that he would only appoint pro-life judges to the court.

The group also chided Democrats for not delaying the votes, saying, "Allowing these confirmations to be rushed through as senators head out of town does a disservice to our democracy and the rule of law". Before the arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh, 53, to a court that now has five conservative members and four liberals.

Trump didn't help by apologising to Kavanaugh and his family for their "pain and suffering", says Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post.

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace".