Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Senate Republicans Back Trump's 'Junk' Health-Care Plans in Floor Vote

Trump jokes about impeachment on the campaign trail McConnell to AP: 'Nobody's going to beat" Murkowski
Melissa Porter | 11 October, 2018, 04:02

Kavanaugh is the second justice Trump has successfully nominated to the Supreme Court, following the confirmation a year ago of Neil Gorsuch to the seat left by the late Antonin Scalia. Recent examples include the "Tax Cut 2.0" bill which never had a chance of being enacted, and a measure to abolish ICE when was purely meant to make Democrats either embrace a controversial proposal or offend elements of their base (it didn't work).

McConnell said he's hoping to persuade more Republican women to join the committee but hasn't had much success in the past because "they just haven't been interested".

Sporadic protests have continued throughout Washington DC, and Clinton urged Democrats to reject calls for civility until Republicans are driven out of office.

McConnell added that "this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is".

McConnell says the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be", but says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated.

There were no signs of the recent contentious confirmation battle inside the Supreme Court Tuesday as Justice Brett Kavanaugh began his new job, asking his first question about 20 minutes into the first argument of the day.

Kimmel had some choice words about Trump's performance during Monday's televised ceremony, especially when the president proclaimed that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" of Dr. Ford's assault allegation. Kavanaugh remains a federal judge and the complaints "allege misconduct that occurred while Kavanaugh was on the D.C. Circuit and subject to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges".

Though Wake did not provide specific details about the uptick in sexual assault reports, she said Ford's testimony showed how hard it can be to report sexual misconduct.

California college professor Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers, which Kavanaugh denies.

Ford had asked for confidentiality in a letter to Feinstein.

President Donald Trump has said Alaskans "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" politically.

The Republican party raised a total of $5.7 million from Sept. 30 to October 5, compared to $4.38 million raised by the DCCC from the end of September to October 5, which is the day Kavanaugh secured the votes in the Senate to be confirmed. He pointed out that Murkowski won election as a write-in vote in 2010.

She said that the disruptions during the hearing and Supreme Court protests were "not what we want for our country". The Kentucky Republican famously blocked President Barack Obama's election-year nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. The school recently said that Kavanaugh will not be returning to teach there.

"I think we haven't seen the meltdown that is going to happen among many elected Democrats: the charges of a rigged election, of Russian interference, that Trump did it again, anything they can come up with", Limbaugh said.