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The tone inside the courtroom was collegial, in contrast to the venom of Kavanaugh's confirmation fight.

The complaints landed with Roberts because of his role as chief justice of the United States, not because Kavanaugh is now a member of the Supreme Court.

According to CNN's poll, Democrats' enthusiasm about their congressional vote has increased, with 62 percent saying they were extremely or very enthusiastic to vote, up seven points since September among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters who are Very Angry about the treatment of Kavanaugh are more likely to vote in the upcoming elections.

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Filling out the courts with an army of conservative jurists has been a GOP project since the day Mr. Trump took office - and they've made historic progress. "Any violation of the Code does not disappear because he is now on another federal court", Gillers said in an email. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.

The Trump administration issued a final rule on Wednesday that clears the way for the sale of many more health insurance policies that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act and do not have to cover prescription drugs, maternity care or people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Senate Democrats briefly turned the chamber's subject to health care Wednesday, just four days after lawmakers' nasty war over confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The case concerns mandatory minimum sentencing under a 1984 federal law, the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Trump says: "I want to thank our incredible Republican senators for refusing to back down". He did not immediately move to refer the filings to another appeals court.

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Before Tuesday's arguments, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh while on the lower court striking down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change. Kavanaugh faced multiple allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct as the Senate considered his nomination.

Ford sought to remain anonymous in a letter with her accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, but after reporters started contacting her, Ford went public.

Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations and is now on the Supreme Court. But critics said Kavanaugh's demeanor raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.

President Donald Trump stood behind him and declared Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" in a special ceremony at the White House on Monday.

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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".