Senate returns to 'Obamacare' wars, and Dems lose a vote

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Council Bluffs Iowa Tuesday Oct. 9 2018

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Council Bluffs Iowa Tuesday Oct. 9 2018

"I don't see how it could be much wider than it already was", he said.

McConnell told The Associated Press on Wednesday the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be".

Kavanaugh was administered the official Constitutional Oath and Judicial Oath by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy shortly after being confirmed by the Senate. As of Sunday, 77 percent of Democrats say they are "very motivated" to vote this fall, while 68 percent of Republicans said the same, the Politico/Morning Consult poll showed. He emphatically denied the allegations. Meanwhile, just 29% of registered Republicans said the same, down from 30% in September.

The Washington Times reports that the woman who accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a pool party 36 years ago without providing a single witness for corroboration is "being pushed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumna Award because she was "speaking truth to power" at her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yet Murkowski, ever the ally of the Left, wavered and voted with the Democrats to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation from going forward. Mr Trump has begun an intensive campaign tour created to make the midterms a referendum on his presidency in the hope of maintaining swing seats.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans considering challenging President Donald Trump in 2020 that it would be "a waste of time". He noted that Murkowski won election on write-in votes in 2010 and said, "She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska".

His confirmation is a personal political victory for Trump as the Opposition Democratic Party had mounted an unprecedented resistance to his nomination. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who withheld an unsubstantiated accusation against Kavanaugh until after his confirmation hearings were concluded.

He said: "Although the Senate confirmation process tested me as it has tested others, it did not change me".

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California speaks to the media in Washington DC
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California speaks to the media in Washington DC

However, Grassley has broken with McConnell on other high-profile issues.

Asked if he considered the crowd at Trump's rally also a mob, McConnell said: "I'm not interested in talking about tweets or what people may say at rallies".

The confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Mr Trump's second lifetime selection for the nation's highest judicial body.

The "lock her up" chant gained even more fuel when then-candidate Trump slammed Clinton during a debate, saying she "would be in jail" if he were president.

"I think it'll help the president get re-elected", he said. "So, this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is".

Both Republicans and Democrats are reporting a massive fundraising surge in the past few weeks as a result of the bitter and contentious confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - but Republicans seem to have the edge.

He renewed one of his favorite nicknames, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham has been the subject of speculation about the job, but Graham said this week he has no interest. I have to go first, right?

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