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Thousands to march in Chicago against Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

Thousands to march in Chicago against Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

The rapid confirmation of judges comes days after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination gripped Washington and brought the Senate to a standstill. Appointed by President Donald Trump, Kavanaugh's confirmation cemented a conservative majority on the court that could last for years.

It also suggests the tumultuous battle over his nomination could harm the court's reputation as the nonpartisan branch of government. To 39 percent of the public, Kavanaugh's presence will make no difference in the degree of partisanship. Among Independents, 53% of respondents said that they disapproved of the manner in which the GOP handled the hearings while 23% approved, as to the Democrats 58% of Independents said they disapproved of the manner in which that party handled the hearings while 30% said they approved.

While numerous results in the poll fall along familiar partisan lines, it also found that political independents are more suspicious than supportive of the new justice. This was the point where the Supreme Court began to lose its nonpartisan reputation.

But Democrats are defending 25 seats, so being back home is more consequential for them. The woman, now a university professor, was soon joined by two other women who had charges of their own. Democrats at his confirmation hearing further accused Kavanaugh of dishonesty over his answers to questions regarding his work in the George W. Bush White House.

Three of the judges are for the powerful circuit courts of appeals, while the other 12 were for district court positions.

Trump didn't help by apologising to Kavanaugh and his family for their "pain and suffering", says Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post.

At times emotional, Kavanaugh praised his "amazing" and "fearless" friends for standing by him, and said that his focus now is "to be the best justice I can be".

McConnell has marveled at the way the Supreme Court fight is animating Republican voters - who, polls showed, had been less enthusiastic before Kavanaugh advanced.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat running in West Virginia, which Trump won by 46 points, said he expected McConnell would demand a lot in return for letting Democrats go.

According to CNN, this is the widest margin of support for Democrats in a midterm cycle since 2006.

Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen. All told, 55% of the respondents disapprove of the way Republicans handled the matter and 56% disapprove of the manner in which the Democrats handled the accusations.

The gender gap is mirrored in views of Kavanaugh's confirmation and the Senate Judiciary Committee's handling of the allegations.

The November elections could see the first black woman serve as governor, the first Native American woman in Congress and the first openly bisexual senator, among other firsts. Forty-nine percent of women strongly disapprove of his confirmation, while just 28 percent strongly approve. Among voters who are very angry about the treatment of Ford, 70 percent say they are more likely to vote. Former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen is running as a centrist Democrat, who supported Kavanaugh and hopes to win a larger-than-usual share of Republican votes.

A recent poll by OH Predictive Insights and ABC15 Arizona found that in that state's Senate election, Republican candidate Martha McSally has a six-point lead over Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema, with 47 percent for McSally, 41 percent for Sinema, 4 percent for Green Party candidate Angela Green and 8 percent of voters undecided.