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Kavanaugh's Rise Heralds New Conservative Era on Supreme Court

  • Nominee confirmed by Senate 50-48, can take bench on Tuesday
  • Trump’s Supreme Court choice survived sexual assault claims
U.S. Supreme Court police officers stand outside of the court during a demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4. 

U.S. Supreme Court police officers stand outside of the court during a demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court after a bitter confirmation battle will create what is likely to be the strongest conservative majority since the New Deal.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh 50-48 Saturday, letting him take the bench when the court hears its next arguments on Tuesday. Kavanaugh, who overcame allegations of sexual assault and misconduct dating to his school days, becomes President Donald Trump’s second appointee on the high court, joining Justice Neil Gorsuch.