Gender gap hurts GOP but Kavanaugh helps — McConnell to AP

The Kavanaugh confirmation has blown open the midterm elections from being a national referendum on Trump's stewardship to a raw emotional discussion over the lack of women in power and how to handle sexual misconduct allegations.

Trump has repeatedly said that putting conservatives on the court - Kavanaugh is his second appointment - was among the top goals of his presidency.

Republicans say the fight over Kavanaugh has given them a boost, especially in key Senate races in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

Law students have organized events for the strike, according to NLG, at Brooklyn Law School, Cardozo Law School, Duke Law School, Lewis & Clark Law School, New York University Law, Rutgers Law School, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, U.C. Hastings College of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, University of Southern California School of Law, the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and University of Miami School of Law. "We've always had that", though in general "it clearly is wider than it used to be". With courtroom security tight, there were no disruptions by protesters during the arguments, as there had been during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

"It's a great frustration", he said. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, speak as protesters rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee debates his confirmation, September 28, 2018. In the end, neither high-profile accusations of past sexual misconduct nor the daily demonstrations against him "made a difference".

He categorically denies all the allegations. It is a testimony that has shocked the world and that if true, shows that Mr Kavanaugh is wholly unfit to fill the position of Supreme Court judge.

She was carrying a "Grab 'em by the midterms" sign - a play on an infamous remark made by Trump.

"Mitch is going to do what Mitch is going to do", he said.

"You certainly d not want to wrongly convict someone who is innocent, but you also want to make sure that accuser is heard and has the opportunity to step forward". Democrats at his confirmation hearing further accused Kavanaugh of dishonesty over his answers to questions regarding his work in the George W. Bush White House.

Trump, who drew criticism for mocking Ford at a rally, said Kavanaugh had been cleared.

"I haven't criticized Dianne", McConnell said.

A giant "Baby Trump" flew over the crowd. Their best weapon is to simply win a majority in the Senate in the upcoming election.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, declared in a statement of her own on Thursday that, with the essential backing of the Democratic leadership, the Senate has become little more than a "rubber stamp for Trump's takeover of our courts". "But I think this year there are a lot of things that are happening that are motivating both sides". "This business of presidential harassment may or may not be quite the victor they think it is".

Trump's ceremony speech hammered a theme he has been hitting on all week: hoping to energize Republicans by attacking Democrats for opposing Kavanaugh. It would have taken only one Democratic senator to say "no" to letting the nominees through this week, but none did. "But never just kind of mindless obstruction", he said. I don't remember. How'd you get there?

"It's not my job to do a routine sort of daily critique of the president's observations", he said.

"What I think this has done for us is provide the kind of adrenaline shot that we had not been able to figure out how to achieve in any other way". Many of them, I assume, will be confirmed during the lame duck session. He suggested it would be modest since Congress has already provided year-long funding for some 75% of federal operations. Our culture is already swaddled in victim blaming and the outright denial to consider that someone they know has committed a sexual offense, and we don't need another blanket.

Vanessa Coleman