McConnell says Senate 'not broken' after Kavanaugh fight

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Joe Manchin of West Virginia despite his help confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Collins explained the reasoning behind her vote Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh to John Dickerson on CBS's Face the Nation in a interview recorded Saturday and aired Sunday.

"We didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him".

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes.

During an evening rally in Topeka, Kansas, Trump was greeted by prolonged cheers on what he called a "truly historic night".

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation. But other accusations and rumours were circling as voting was delayed for an additional FBI investigation.

Susan Collins defended her decision to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in an interview that aired Sunday, but admitted it will be up to the voters of ME to eventually decide how they feel about it.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry.

At the end of her solo trip to Africa, Melania Trump spoke to reporters in Egypt about numerous topics outside of her fashion choices.

When the final vote, 50-48 was called a victory for Kavanaugh, one woman shouted: "This is a stain on America".

Mr Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on USA law.

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Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest. Susan Collins several times ahead of her announcement Friday that she would support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court - and he's been out of office for almost a decade.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court. And then rowdy celebrations and beer hashtags among the masses of Republicans who say he was falsely accused, as he insisted throughout his confirmation battle.

The Senate narrowly voted Friday to limit debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, advancing it to Saturday's final confirmation vote. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.

He said Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, disgusting attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

"I've said to the women who are justifiably angry but determined. they should be just focused like a laser beam on the elections", Hirono added.

But before reporters dug into that, she was asked about her husband calling African countries "shitholes", saying "I never heard him saying those comments". Kavanaugh is now Trump's second nominee to be seated on the high court, and the Senate has approved more circuit court judges this session of Congress than any other.

"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added.

On a practical level, the four liberal justices need a vote from the right side of the court in which they otherwise divide on the familiar ideological fault lines. All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

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