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Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court After Partisan Fight

  • Trump’s second nominee overcomes sexual assault allegations
  • Kavanaugh could provide decisive vote to trim abortion rights
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Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court after one of the most ferocious confirmation battles in history, overcoming allegations of school-age sexual assault and claims by Democrats that he was dishonest in Senate hearings.

The 50-48 vote Saturday -- the closest margin for a confirmed justice in more than 130 years -- is a resounding victory for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose top mission has been to engineer a rightward turn in the federal judiciary, especially the nation’s highest court. The vote, at the height of the “Me Too” movement, brought throngs of demonstrators supporting and opposing Kavanaugh to the Capitol and may affect the November election for control of Congress.