Brett Kavanaugh spent a collegial first day on the bench as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday that contrasted sharply with the venom of his confirmation process, taking an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues. Republicans say the effect won't be significant and that all consumers will benefit by having more choice.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans are Very Angry about the Senate's treatment of Kavanaugh, a view shared by 30% of Democrats and 34% of unaffiliated voters.
Opinion polls show Democratic voters are more enthusiastic about voting in the congressional elections, but Republicans have narrowed the gap in recent weeks and are using the Kavanaugh battle to try to get their voters excited about turning out. Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections.
Many conservatives have lavished praise on McConnell for Kavanaugh's confirmation, with McConnell himself boasting it's the "single most important thing I've been involved in in my career" and some even suggesting he deserves more credit than Trump himself.
The public nature of a case previous year involving former 9th Circuit judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual misconduct, was unusual. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations and is now on the Supreme Court.
McConnell said he found Christine Blasey Ford's account of her sexual assault "convincing" but noted that there had been no corroboration that her assailant was Kavanaugh.
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Newcomer Moldova, for example, which launched its CBI program in the second half of this year, has climbed 20 places since 2008. Germany, another country to hold the top spot in previous years, is now in third place alongside South Korea and France.
After Murkowski expressed her intention to vote against Kavanaugh, both Sarah Palin and Laura Ingraham dropped hints that they might challenge her when she is next up for re-election in 2022.
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However, "Nobody's going to beat her", McConnell said.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday that the Democrats are gearing up to make a government overhaul package the first bill Democrats bring to the floor should they retake the majority.
Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court as his wife Ashley holds the Bible. Forty-nine Democratic senators supported the resolution and they would have needed an additional Republican vote - besides Collins - to reach the 51-vote threshold for the measure to pass, though the GOP-controlled House would likely not have acted on the legislation.
The complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings.