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Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

  • 4:01 pm Saturday, October 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With thousands of protesters demonstrating outside the Capitol, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, capping an intense political battle which touched on everything from simple political differences over the role of the judiciary, to explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

The outcome was a huge political victory for President Trump, who has now put two Justices on the Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh will join Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate in April 2017.

Republicans said the confirmation of [More]

Trump poised for Senate victory on Kavanaugh nomination

  • 4:00 am Saturday, October 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After weeks of wrenching debate, President Donald Trump stands on the edge of a major political victory, as the Senate on Saturday is expected to give narrow approval to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, elevating the federal appeals court judge following an acrimonious debate over his judicial philosophy, past political work, and allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a nominee of the highest caliber,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “a brilliant legal mind and an accomplished jurist with a proven devotion to the rule of law.”

For McConnell, the final vote on Saturday afternoon comes after a brutal stretch of [More]

Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

  • 3:50 pm Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won a narrow victory in a first test vote in the Senate on Friday, as a pair of key Senators announced they would support President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, all but guaranteeing that Kavanaugh will be approved by the full Senate on Saturday, capping weeks of a highly charged political confirmation fight on Capitol Hill.

Several hours after the Senate voted 51 to 49 to force an end to debate on the Kavanaugh nomination, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) went to the floor to announce she would support Kavanaugh in Saturday’s [More]

Senate advances Kavanaugh past procedural hurdle in 51-49 vote

  • 11:06 am Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the final outcome still unclear, the Senate on Friday morning narrowly voted to force an end to debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, clearing the way for a final vote as soon as Saturday, as both parties continued to trade verbal barbs over the controversial nomination process for President Donald Trump’s pick to take a seat on the high court.

“It’s time to vote,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said bluntly, as he spent more time in his final remarks before the cloture vote slamming the actions of Democrats during the confirmation process, rather than talking [More]

Kavanaugh defends himself as ‘independent, impartial judge’

  • 8:54 pm Thursday, October 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

His nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court hanging by a thread in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday night that his testimony a week ago before Senators had been overly emotional at points, admitting, “I said a few things I should not have said.”

“The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution,” Kavanaugh wrote in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal.

In his op-ed – a rare move for a Supreme Court nominee, just like his interview with Fox News a week earlier – Kavanaugh did not explicitly [More]

White House confident as Senators split over Kavanaugh FBI review

  • 1:33 pm Thursday, October 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House and GOP leaders on Thursday expressed increasing confidence about the confirmation chances for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senators broke along party lines over an extra FBI review of allegations concerning Kavanaugh, with Republicans calling for confirmation of the judge this weekend and Democrats arguing the FBI review fell short of what was needed.

“The fact is that these allegations have not been corroborated,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor, again strongly denouncing attacks on Judge Kavanaugh, and pressing the GOP case that Democrats have relied allegations based on flimsy evidence.

For Democrats, their [More]

Flashbacks to John Tower as Senators review Kavanaugh FBI file

  • 8:58 pm Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The subject was a high profile nominee of a Republican President. What seemed to be a contested, yet expected confirmation, suddenly changed amid questions of personal behavior. The FBI began gathering more evidence. In the media, and on the Senate floor, the debate between the parties turned bitter and caustic. It involved tales of alcohol abuse, tinged with allegations of sexual misconduct. And it left the Senate bitterly divided.

It was early 1989. President George H.W. Bush was assembling his Cabinet, and his nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Sen. John Tower (R-TX) suddenly found [More]

Senate sends President Trump bipartisan opioids bill

  • 3:53 pm Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as Senators traded increasingly acidic charges over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both parties joined together on Wednesday afternoon to easily approve a sweeping bill designed to address the opioid epidemic, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

“This legislation is a turning point,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “It is a glimmer of hope.”

In a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, Portman described going to a funeral in recent days for the son of a friend who had overdosed on opioids, as lawmakers in both parties struggle for answers to deal with the [More]

President Trump roils Kavanaugh debate with remarks on accuser

  • 10:47 am Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Stepping up his criticism of Democrats – and one of the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – President Trump on Wednesday again denounced critics of the judge, as both sides claimed the other was acting in a ‘despicable’ manner on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH!” the President tweeted in all capital letters, the morning after he ridiculed the testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

After staying quiet for the most part about Ford and her accusations, the President has stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh [More]

What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While the Senate battle over President Donald Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court has soaked up most of the news oxygen in recent days in Washington, D.C., there is still action on Capitol Hill on a variety of other issues, though that work has been certainly overshadowed by the political firestorm raging on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

“How much is this fiasco costing and is any real work getting done?” one of my listeners asked me on Tuesday, prompting me to think about what Congress was doing, other than the Senate fight over Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court.

Here are five [More]

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