Weekly survey: Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court?

Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

"It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees", Graham said in the interview with Fox host Martha MacCallum.

The Obama administration concluded in 2011 that a SC voter identification law would disadvantage more than 80,000 of people of color by requiring government-issued photo identification to vote.

With Trump nominating Kavanaugh, Jefferies joked that "liberals are so desperate to hang on to Ruth Bader Ginsburg that if she does Democrats may try to pull a 'Weekend at Bernie's'". But Kavanaugh also made the point that Congress should decide whether to pass legislation on such a deferral, and left it a bit unclear on where he stood on the current authority of a special prosecutor.

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, meanwhile accused the Trump administration of being relentless in its efforts to reverse civil rights legislations that afforded protection to women.

Kavanaugh grew up in Maryland and graduated from Yale and joined the Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 after two nominations from President George W. Bush.

The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings.

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Though Democrats - egged on by an energized progressive base - are promising to fiercely oppose Kavanaugh, they have no real power to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation.

But that may be a tall order.

As he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday, he huddled with McConnell, Vice-President Mike Pence and former Sen.

Also meeting with Kavanaugh is Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which will determine whether to recommend him to the full Senate.

Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.

Off the list now that Kavanaugh is the pick: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Dean Heller, R-Nevada. If he gets a "no" vote from all Democrats, he loses seats. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has promised to protect abortion rights. John McCain of Arizona, nearly every vote matters.

The case has slim chance of success even if it does reach the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, said legal scholars, including some involved in previous Obamacare challenges.

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The Democrats are trying to pressure two Republicans, Sens.

How will those Senate Democrats vote against a Supreme Court nominee who is popular with voters? "Plus, Kavanaugh is 53 years old, that's one year younger than I am". But she added that other issues also would come into play for her, including "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy". We've got some due diligence that we've got to do.

A liberal group, Demand Justice, has promised its own $5 million ad campaign to defeat Kavanaugh, focused on Democratic senators from Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia and Republicans from ME and Alaska. He has the reputation of a staunch conservative, one who many Republicans hope could help overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision guaranteeing women the right to an abortion.

"A judge must interpret the law and not make the law", Kavanaugh said in remarks from the East Room of the White House on Monday night.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh and the court might have to consider a lawsuit by Texas and other states challenging Obamacare's health insurance protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and Parkinson's.

No matter when the hearing is held, though, it is likely to generate much more interest from viewers than any recent Supreme Court nomination battle, given the stakes involved and promises by Democrats to mine through Kavanaugh's extensive record and to press him for specific answers to his positions.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening. When you reflect back on that time in your life, in light of Kavanaugh's nomination, where does your mind go?

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Starr placed Kavanaugh in charge of investigating the suicide of former Clinton aide Vincent Foster, and some accounts say Kavanaugh pushed Starr to take a hard line in questioning Clinton about the Monica Lewinsky affair, according to the Washington Post. She said Kozinski fondled her in a vehicle after an event in the mid-1980s and invited her to go to a motel and have sex.

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