Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice

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The speech by Collins, an abortion-rights Republican who has been regarded as a possible swing vote who might block Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court, began with a protracted interruption by protesters intent on blocking President Trump's nominee from being confirmed. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who won't be up for election for four years. A source familiar with the lobbying efforts to confirm Kavanaugh told Fox News that the White House believes it has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh. And that report might give her an excuse to vote for Kavanaugh.

Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s and his fierce denials, the 53-year-old conservative's nomination was on track for afternoon approval.

On privacy, healthcare, executive power, and his ability to fairly judge the president who nominated him, Donald Trump, Collins one-by-one addressed Kavanaugh's opponents' concerns. President Donald Trump tweeted after the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to push the nomination forward with a final vote on October 6.

Democrats said the allegations were credible and deserved a full investigation, while Republicans accused Democrats of using uncorroborated allegations to scuttle or delay the nomination - leading to a stream of angry flashpoints between lawmakers.

Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

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The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".

All eyes are on several swing senators for Saturday's final vote.

Mr Trump and his fellow Republicans said the new Federal Bureau of Investigation report had cleared their nominee.

The procedure, which involves Murkowski being recorded as "present" in the vote as opposed to "no", is unusual enough that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office issued an explanation to reporters on Friday night.

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Other Republicans later pushed back against protesters. Sen. "But I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small, very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small, gracious steps can lead to more".

Grassley was pulled off the Senate floor by an aide so that he could expand on his remarks, at which point he explained that the committee's intense partisanship and heavy workload have made it a less glamorous post for any senator. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

"If young boys behave well and with respect, they have nothing to worry about", Grossi said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, accused him of being evasive in his answers during his confirmation hearings on key topics.

"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", she said.

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"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been". He said, "I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution". Steve Daines, who supports Kavanaugh but is attending his daughter's wedding Saturday.

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