Sparks Fly as Collins, Hirono Debate Kavanaugh Confirmation

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Kavanaugh's ascendance to the Supreme Court now gives conservatives a working majority that could restrict abortion rights and halt the expansion of the rights of LGBT people.

There may be people reading this nomination letter who will take issue with Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony or who may see this letter as an example of partisan politics.

Trump, the wife of Trump's son, Eric, said on Hannity that Collins "went against the mob" with her vote. In the 45 minutes that followed, she made clear that she had no interest in listening to ME women, or to anyone else who objected to Brett Kavanaugh-and that she never did.

She said Kavanaugh is the first of six Supreme Court nominees who expressed the importance of precedent. After November's midterm elections, however, she said she'd "be seriously considering how I can elevate the voices of people who deserve and demand to be heard and represented in DC".

Students, alumni, and faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are asking to have Dr. Christine Blasey Ford recognized as a distinguished alumna. "The last 20 so years I've been a home owner in the state of Maine, so it's not completely insane", she said.

The senator announced this past Friday that she'd support Kavanaugh. We live in a society that does not believe women.

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Kavanaugh, who had been serving as a lawyer during the Bush administration, said in an email made public by the Senate Judiciary Committee: 'I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so'. She's received "multiple serious threats" according to her office, has had protestors swarm her home each morning, and was even called a "rape apologist" by the Women's March. Her testimony prompted countless women to share their own stories of sexual harassment and assault.

She also "didn't speak to about 30 protesters gathered in front of her home in Bangor" on Sunday. She answered questions directly and forthrightly; she showed no evidence of avoidance or defensiveness.

Collins and her staff have said the aggressive tactics to sway her vote are a wasted effort. And many of us were reminded about how a student who is struggling in school may be facing challenges that aren't just found on our course syllabi.

"The facts presented do not mean that President - that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time".

Addressing Kavanaugh's demeanor during the hearing, Collins said she believed Kavanaugh "stepped over the line" by referring to revenge for an orchestrated plot by the Clintons in his opening statement and his responses to certain senators, including Amy Klobuchar.