McConnell predicts Senate vote on Kavanaugh in last week of September

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appeared to refer to contraceptives as

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The messages reflect what senators are likely to argue as the Senate considers his confirmation in the next few weeks.

With Republicans holding a slim 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, it appears unlikely that efforts to defeat the Kavanaugh nomination will succeed.

"In fact, we have said yes to every request by the senate democrats to make documents public".

Fallon compared the decision on the court nominee to big votes of the past such as the Iraq War authorization that end up defining lawmakers' careers.

Kavanaugh completed two days of lengthy questioning by senators on Thursday night, keeping his composure under intense questioning by Democrats. Susan Collins, of ME, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, are still reviewing Kavanaugh's record and haven't said how they're going to vote.

Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading U.S. professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating.

The committee's ranking member, Sen.

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of the confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to", Cornyn added.

Trump, campaigning in Fargo, North Dakota, said the Democrats had made fools of themselves and crowed that he was looking forward to running against "one of those people" in 2020.

Let's unpack that statement: Regulation "outside the bounds of what the laws passed by Congress have said" is contrary to a basic tenet of Republican and conservative principles about small government and limited governmental. Heidi Heitkamp. "I'll be running against them and I look so forward to it".

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Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh's nomination is being considered by the Senate at a time when the man who selected him, Trump, poses a threat to America's rule of law and is facing an ongoing investigation.

"Independents are looking for things to work", said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

Richard Garnett, professor of law and political science at the University of Notre Dame, said he has watched confirmation hearings for at least 32 years - which he admits makes him somewhat of a geek - but he described this particular hearing as "the worst I've ever seen" not only for the interruptions and protests but "grandstanding and misrepresenting" a judge with a long paper trial of decisions - over 440,000 public pages of records.

On divisive issues that could reach the court, such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent.

Senate Democrats have vowed a tough fight to block Kavanaugh. They need heavy voter turnout in metro Indianapolis and Kansas City, Democratic strongholds, if they have any hope of carrying otherwise red states that Trump won in 2016. "Bring it", Booker challenged Sen.

Calling it his "I am Spartacus moment", Democratic Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. In questioning Thursday, he said more directly that he had no such conversations.

Despite an at times chaotic hearing last week, Kavanaugh is expected to be cleared out of the Judiciary Committee, where Republicans have a majority.

Gone are the niceties and overtures of an earlier era, when senators deferred to a president's prerogative to put in place a qualified nominee of the commander in chief's choosing.

William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy may be Kavanaugh's judicial heroes, but the nominee invoked Justice Elena Kagan, a nominee of President Barack Obama, more than any of them at the hearing.

Schumer, on Friday, seemed pleased with the result of the hard-edged approach.

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