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"We could see further exclusion of communities of color from participation in our democracy".

Murkowski said, "We've got some due diligence that we've got to do".

"I think it will be a very noisy confirmation process", he said. Kavanaugh posed for photos in Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office, with the Kentucky Republican, Pence and former Arizona Sen. Some Democrats, including Sen. But they hope to gain support from a handful of Democrats who are up for re-election in states where Trump is popular. "In that case, I say moms of three or more kids ought to be able to murder at will".

"Kavanaugh is perceived by many analysts to be less staunchly conservative than other judges on President [Donald] Trump's short list", he added.

"I believe that the judge has impressive credentials".

In rare form, Trump reportedly was so invested in building the suspense around the decision that he didn't tell aides or close associates about his decision and the White House kept the circle of people informed on the selection process thin. Thus, no matter whether the President is Democratic or Republican, no matter whether the Senate is controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, you have the same ground rules for how nominations will be considered. "The stakes are simply too high for anything less". In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right. His has been a consistently conservative voice on the court.

Pence, who is also president of the Senate, called Kavanaugh a "good man" and "quite simply the most qualified and the most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States".

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The London FTSE 100 dropped 1.2 per cent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down almost 0.6 per cent in early trading. The public will have a chance to comment on the list before the new tariffs - to be imposed at 10% -come into effect.

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Rebels who did not wish to return under Mr Assad's rule would leave for the insurgent stronghold in north-west Syria, they said. An Islamic State group affiliate, which holds a small pocket in the southwest of Daraa, is excluded from the deal.

Kavanaugh has also opposed the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, arguing a boss' religious beliefs should override an employee's access to birth control coverage.

In his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal judge, Kavanaugh told the Senate, "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

Senator Lindsey Graham criticized Democrats for their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He said it's different with mid-term elections. And he speaks from experience: Kavanaugh clerked for Kenneth Starr, the special counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton.

Ingraham blasted Schumer for his contradictory comments made on Monday, saying that whomever Trump nominates has an obligation to share their personal views on pertinent legal issues.

Kennedy's retirement gave Trump the opportunity to move the court solidly to the right.

Whether it will amount to anything substantive is an open question - Republicans involved in Kavanaugh's nomination say they are confident they don't expect any surprises, despite the sizable paper trail the appellate judge has left during a career in public service. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Another concern rights groups have is Kavanaugh's stance on criminal prosecutions against sitting presidents. "I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it", Schumer said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position.

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