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The election is suddenly layered with charged cultural questions about the scarcity of women in political power, the handling of sexual assault allegations, and shifting power dynamics that have left some white men uneasy about their place in American life. Why, now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, stop pursuing the allegations altogether, especially if they are true? "It's a disgusting attack that nobody should have to go through", he said.
Trump has been holding rallies across the country as he tries to boost Republican turnout in November's midterm elections, which will determine which party will control the House and Senate during the second half of Trump's term.
Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, frightful attack" that "nobody should have to go through".
The supreme court can enable or block sweeping changes in U.S. life. He has served on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.
"I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said.
Disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops all could be heading towards the nine justices soon and Kavanaugh is widely expected to cast conservative votes in all of them. His retirement dimmed the hopes of proponents of such limits.
Demonstrators protest against Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court.
Adding to the drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you", briefly interrupted the start of the final confirmation vote on Saturday afternoon.
Ford testified before Collins and others on the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker.
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US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade. While her vote spurred criticism, Collins was cheered by Republicans including current and former presidents.
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Mr Mukwege said: "I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognised ... this is really so touching". At the age of 23, she was named the U.N.'s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
Kavanaugh's confirmation provides a defining accomplishment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, which found a unifying force in the cause of giving the court a new conservative majority.
"She has every right to vote the way she would like". The two oldest justices are Democratic appointees. We don't have any money.
"And I thought I had to even the playing field". The vote came the day after a fascinating and horrifying testimonies by both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford before the committee.
"We have to rise above partisanship in our personal relationships".
His appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on U.S. law. Conservatives were not going to lose again, like they did with Bork, or settle for a centrist, like they did with Kennedy and Powell for the past 47 years. "It's not so clear that you know going forward that that sort of middle position - it's not so clear whether we'll have it".
Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.
"I saw him rule in favor of liberal parties".
Collins: "Certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence, and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I can not abandon them".
Republicans said they believe the former Bush administration official was treated unfairly and will seek to punish Democrats for attacking him. She added that she is glad that the Senate voted, keeping her answers very general.
They also fear that the court can now make several rulings whittling down social legislation and programmes for healthcare, aid for the poor, reservations in college admissions and immigration, while being pro-business and stricter on law and order.
For Wydra, the new role for Roberts underscores the court's shift to the right. For her part, Collins bristled at the campaign and said it amounted to bribery.