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Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court on Oct. 8 2018 at the White House

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court on Oct. 8 2018 at the White House. Brendan Smialowski—AFP Getty Images

Those latest examples follow hard on Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) openly encouraging confrontation in public spaces with Republicans. Trump used the ceremony as a platform to decry the "campaign of political and personal destruction" waged against Kavanaugh.

After Murkowski expressed her intention to vote against Kavanaugh, both Sarah Palin and Laura Ingraham dropped hints that they might challenge her when she is next up for re-election in 2022.

Republican voters are madder about the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation process and are more likely to vote in November than Democrats, according to a new national survey.

The Q poll said 49 percent of voters backed the Democratic candidate in their local race for the House, while 42 percent supported the Republican.

McConnell wouldn't say whether the Senate would insist that Sessions' replacement would protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Following the Senate's vote to confirm Kavanaugh, RAINN said in a statement that the group is "disappointed in the outcome" but "glad that America got the opportunity to hear Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony".

He cited the Republicans' thin, 51-49 Senate majority.

Murkowski got a vote of confidence Wednesday from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who told The Associated Press in an interview that "nobody's going to beat her" in Alaska.

The 76-year-old McConnell, who's been in the Senate since 1985 and majority leader since 2015, said one change he's hoping to see is on the Senate's Judiciary Committee.

Murkowski bucked her party and voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh is the second justice Trump has successfully nominated to the Supreme Court, following the confirmation past year of Neil Gorsuch to the seat left by the late Antonin Scalia. Forty-nine Democratic senators have said they will support the resolution and they would need two additional Republican votes to reach the fifty-one-vote threshold for the measure to pass, though the GOP-controlled House would likely not act on the legislation. But he says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated.

The Kentucky Republican said he was speaking from experience.

Kavanaugh was seated on the far right side of the bench Tuesday, next to Justice Elena Kagan, who hired him to teach at Harvard Law School when she was dean.

He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said its National Sexual Assault Hotline had a 338 percent increase in traffic between Thursday, September 27 - the day Ford testified regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh - and the following Sunday.

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