Friday, 19 October, 2018

Kavanaugh to hear his 1st oral arguments as Supreme Court justice

Grassley made waves last week for speculating there aren't more female senators on the Judiciary Committee because 'it's a lot of work.' Pres. Trump Hosts Ceremonial Swearing-in For Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Samantha Long | 10 October, 2018, 21:59

The former dean of Yale Law School, from which Kavanaugh graduated, wrote he was "shell-shocked" by the judge's forceful testimony denying sexual assault allegations and decrying what he called a concerted effort by liberal enemies, including the Clintons.

Mr Kavanaugh now moves to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential US Court of Appeals in Washington, where he built a conservative judicial record and a reputation for being affable and well prepared.

The misconduct complaints concern Kavanaugh's answers about his work in the George W. Bush administration and his comments about Democrats using allegations of sexual assault against him, according to the Post.

All eight of the Supreme Court's other justices attended the White House ceremony, a show of collegiality by members of an ideologically divided court.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said its National Sexual Assault Hotline had a 338 percent increase in traffic between Thursday, September 27 - the day Ford testified regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh - and the following Sunday.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Meghan Markle's ex-husband Trevor Engelson gets remarried
Trevor is said to have met Tracey in 2017 and she is credited with helping him to come to terms with Meghan's new relationship. In a truly weird moment during the interview, she also showed off the cardboard cutout she bought of Meghan's face in London.

Protesters continued to take a stand against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh this week, but came in fewer numbers and were mocked online.

Kavanaugh was quick to weigh in, asking his first question of a lawyer representing a defendant about 20 minutes into the first argument. While Trump apologized on behalf of the nation for "the bad pain and suffering" Kavanaugh and his family had suffered and declared him "proven innocent", the new justice assured Americans that he would be fair and was taking the job with "no bitterness".

McConnell's remarks were viewed as a signal that he would be open to filling a potential Supreme Court vacancy in 2020. He added however that if someone else were to take over the role of committee chair, "they'll have to decide for themselves, but that's a decision I made a long time ago". Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. Fifty-two percent said they believed the women versus 38 percent who said found Kavanaugh most credible.

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

The White House has yet to comment on the United Nations report.

Kavanaugh's installation cements the strongest conservative majority on the court since the New Deal, delivering on a decades-long ambition of the American right. "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said. Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened. By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care.

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