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A Dubuque native testified Friday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

No Republicans have said they plan to vote against Kavanaugh.

Activists have also raised $360,000 in pledges for Collins's opponent in 2020 if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other Judiciary Committee Dems - in theatrically inviting punishment for releasing previously withheld Kavanaugh docs - knew at the time that those documents had already been cleared by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to be made public.

Collins, who remains undecided, is a pro-choice Republican in a Senate with a 51-49 Republican majority. She said they noticed that staffers who were fielding calls about Kavanaugh were telling callers that they were taking down the message and passing it along to the senator without actually writing anything down or typing into the computer. Though they offered no disqualifying revelations about Kavanaugh, they nevertheless contained material relating to abortion, his past work vetting judicial nominees, and other relevant topics.

The man who is closer than ever to officially succeeding Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court once tried to crack a joke about getting sexual favors from a would-be Asian massage parlor in an email with "Su Ching is booked" as the subject line.

Certainly political tit-for-tat obstructionism of federally-appointed judgeships has gone on for years, but the practice took a dark and democracy-threatening turn when the Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat that rightfully should have been filled by President Obama.

As for Judge Kavanaugh, he spent his last day in the hot seat answering numerous same questions as the day before and re-affirming to senators that he will be a fair justice on the Supreme Court.




In an interview with The Daily Caller on Tuesday, President Trump said, "I don't know why they don't take care of a situation like that because it's awful". That isn't inconceivable - Alaska native groups are lobbying Murkowski to oppose Kavanaugh, who has a record of ruling against indigenous rights.

As a White House lawyer in the Bush administration, Judge Brett Kavanaugh challenged the accuracy of deeming the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land", according to a secret email obtained by The New York Times.

Republicans dumped 42,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents the day before his hearings began, in a clear attempt to say that they released information, despite the fact that it's impossible to properly review that number of documents in time for Kavanaugh's hearing. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy". Coons then confirmed that supposed he would possibly also no longer express the existence of a probe. Earlier this week, he clarified testimony from his 2004 confirmation hearing involving a controversial judge he helped shepherd through the nomination process.

The coat hangers symbolise the dangers of making abortion illegal; a nod to the back-alley abortions women suffered before Roe V Wade in 1973.

Leahy said that emails disclosed during Kavanaugh's nomination hearing this week buttress his case that Kavanaugh knew, or should have known, that he had received documents that Republican staffers took from a computer jointly shared with Democrats.

Another television and online ad campaign, by liberal group Demand Justice, highlights Roe v. Wade and Collins.


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