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Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle


October 4, 2018

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Capitol in Washingtontoday before the final push to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate voted 51-49, with one Democrat voting yes and one Republican voting no, for the Senate to take an official vote on confirming the nominee.


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle today, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump's effort to tip the court rightward for decades.

The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, effectively defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. With Republicans clinging to a two-vote majority, one Republican voted to stop the nomination...

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