Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks

"My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said at the White House, with his wife and children standing nearby. The rally, organized by Women's March Chicago, was created to spotlight the power and determination of women voters ahead of the crucial November 6 midterm elections, which will determine control of the US Congress.

WASHINGTON ― Democrats on Thursday agreed to expedite votes on 15 of President Donald Trump's nominees to lifetime federal court seats so they could allow vulnerable members to campaign less than a month before the November midterm elections.

Mr Trump initially called her a "compelling" witness, but he later questioned her credibility and mocked her at a rally. Trump was depicted as "El Diablo" on a high-flying flag.

Republican Sen. Ann Rivers, who is involved with her chamber's campaign efforts, said Republicans are "waxing up our red surfboard in case there is a blue wave".

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. Which leads me to wonder, how many others - those vowing not to visit Maine this year, or buy from L.L. Bean, for example, thereby attempting to claim the moral high ground - live in states where one or both senators supported the Ka- vanaugh confirmation?

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Hillary Clinton appeared in a video message played on a giant screen, encouraging people to register to vote.

"We want (...) to encourage women to vote", said to AFP Jessica Schiller, leader of the Women's March in Chicago that organizes the event.

Thousands of marchers hit the streets about 12:30 p.m., heading west on Jackson to Federal Plaza, where participants were directed toward early voting locations at 175 W. Washington St. for Chicago voters and 69 W. Washington St. for suburban voters. Trump has said Alaskans will make her pay.

"Women need to vote". "If Justice Roberts sits on the complaints, then they will reside in a kind of purgatory and will never be adjudicated", said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers.

His path to confirmation was met with enormous opposition from Democrats and left-wing groups - which intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her, allegations Kavanaugh denied and which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found to be uncorroborated.

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While Democrats hold most statewide offices in Washington, the political split in the Legislature is much narrower: Democrats now hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate and a two-seat advantage in the House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning that recent statements and actions by Democrats and liberal writers and protesters are "only Phase One of the meltdown".

Anti-Trump marches were scheduled later this month in other states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and SC. Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The organizers of the march of Chicago, which is held under the slogan "let us Walk up to the polls" (#MarchToThePolls), have planned this gathering a few weeks before the parliamentary elections in mid-term, during which the democratic Party hopes to regain control of the House of representatives to the republicans.

"A man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty", Trump said to applause.

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