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OCTOBER 8, 2018

     Republicans have a battle charge.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believed the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court would light the Republican base on fire one month before the November election, rousing conservatives who might otherwise have lacked enthusiasm. The confirmation vote was a big win for President Donald Trump and is expected to further shift the Supreme Court to the right. Kavanaugh is replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate who was often a swing vote on the court.

     Dozens were arrested and the demonstrators later moved to the steps of the Supreme Court. Progressive groups are planning marches throughout the country in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 midterms.  Good luck - liberals don't know how to accept defeat gracefully. At stake in the confirmation battle over Kavanaugh were hot-button issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage that are likely to come before the court. The polarization intensified after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her allegations that he had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

     Trump and Senate Republicans accused Democrats of using the accusations as a last-minute maneuver to derail Kavanaugh's nomination. Democrats expressed outrage of Republicans' handling of the allegations and efforts by the White House to limit the scope of the FBI investigation into the matter.

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