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Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

The Chicago rally was among the first signs of the political fallout from the deeply partisan fight to confirm Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court despite sexual assault allegations and powerful testimony against him at a Senate hearing by his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday and left town until after next month's midterm elections, as Republicans chalked up more wins days after Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Pointing to the media, Trump said he would use the original phrase, except for the media. "I thought it was a disgrace".

While Democrats ostensibly agreed to help the GOP ram through judges in order to allow vulnerable Democrats to return home and campaign through the November 6 midterm elections, progressives argued that Democrats are making a massive political mistake by refusing to use all of the tools at their disposal to combat the right-wing takeover of the judicial system, which will have severe ramifications for women, people of color, the planet, and the poor far into the future. That said, those more likely to support Democratic candidates generally fit the profile of Democratic voters in the first place, suggesting the confirmation outcome reaffirmed vote preferences rather than altering them.

"I'm not saying nobody could do it. but it requires a lot of force, more than you might think", Roberts said.

Democrats fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court, which will now tilt decisively to a more Republican-friendly panel.

His nomination had appeared safe until Ford last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.

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No concrete evidence was produced to back up the searing accusations.

Women's March Chicago said in a statement that it was targeting the "anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Republican party". It wouldn't be 2018 without that last bit of salt thrown into the wound. The number of justices on the bench changes, but is limited at 31, meaning no single judge wields too much power for too long.

Trump told a conference of police chiefs in Florida that he considered overseeing the ceremony an "honour". They were filed originally with Kavanaugh's old court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "I would do it except for these people up there".

Recusal demands by Kavanaugh critics including Democratic lawmakers and liberal commentators focused on two main areas: certain cases involving Trump himself; and cases involving Democratic Party lawmakers or interests, considering Kavanaugh's angry remarks about Democrats during a September 27 Senate hearing.

The initial focus of opposition was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

Speaking before well-wishers, Kavanaugh said that while the confirmation process "tested" him, his "approach" remains the same. Before the arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh, 53, to a court that now has five conservative members and four liberals. The 9th Circuit is based in San Francisco, and hears appeals arising from nine western states as well as the outlying Pacific territories.Trump has struggled to secure confirmations to both courts.The package also includes eight nominees for trial courts in California, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.

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