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What we've learned about Kavanaugh after 2 days in hot seat

What we've learned about Kavanaugh after 2 days in hot seat

The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House. The aim, after all, is to win confirmation, and in these partisan times, an ill-chosen phrase can be damaging to a nominee's prospects.

On Friday, Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond testified at Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate, and revealed in gut-wrenching detail what it's like to experience a school shooting.

It prompted some of Kavanaugh's only personal remarks on the issue.

Democrats said Kavanaugh should not confuse birth control with abortion.

"I'm always concerned with accuracy", he said, "I thought that was not quite an accurate description of all legal scholars because it referred to 'all'".

Asked whether Mr. Booker was posturing, Sen.

Dean warned that Kavanaugh's views were too "pro-presidential" - that he would help engender an "Imperial Presidency".

Nonetheless, Booker garnered some of the national spotlight, as well as the mockery of some of his Republican colleagues on the committee. Sen.

Kavanaugh is a conservative who could tip the court's balance for a generation.

"I have to tell you that despite the embarrassing display by many Senate Democrats in the Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh showed the intellect, the temperament, the judicial philosophy that I believe should generate broad-based support in the United States Senate", Pence said.

Shaheen said Monday that Kavanaugh is out of step on the scope of a president's executive power, women's right to abortions, and pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.

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Aalayah Eastmond, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior, was one of several witnesses who spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the fourth day of confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, who in 2011 dissented in a District of Columbia Court of Appeals case that upheld the city's gun registration law and ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Abortion was a focus throughout Kavanaugh's two days of testimony.

"Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?", she asked.

She accused the Senate Republican majority and Kavanaugh of "deliberately concealing his record from the American people".

The president's first appointee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, a year ago told senators Trump's remarks on the judiciary were "disheartening" and "demoralizing". That includes research and talking points Miranda stole from the Senate server after I had written them for the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chief counsel for nominations for the minority.

Republicans have been eager to capitalize on the political "circus", as they called the hearing, particularly as potential 2020 presidential hopefuls Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, about Kavanaugh's dissent in a 2015 case involving a Catholic group that objected to contraception.

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Football, baseball, basketball, hockey and lacrosse all got mentions from the sports-crazed Kavanaugh, who even identified the seats he and his father had at professional football games in Washington.

The hearings were routinely interrupted by protesters each day, while Democrats and Republicans on the committee fought with each other about procedure and transparency.

But the sports references didn't stop there. The Supreme court ruled in Chevron v. NRDC in 1984 that when a statute is ambiguous, courts should defer to reasonable interpretations of the statute by the federal agencies that apply the law. With his questioning over, he seemed on his way to becoming the court's 114th justice. He dodged questions about whether a president could pardon himself, or could be subject to a subpoena, although he did call the Supreme Court's 1974 decision that forced President Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

Sarsour told Reuters that her group's members accounted for 209 of the 212 arrests made Tuesday through Thursday, including almost all of the 177 arrests within the hearing room. Kavanaugh didn't answer, citing the practice of past nominees who have declined to answer questions that could come before them as a justice.