Dozens Arrested Disrupting First Day of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

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Officials from 20 Republican-controlled states argued in a Texas court on Wednesday that the law should be invalidated entirely because its individual mandate had been repealed by the GOP tax law previous year. The Trump administration is also withholding more than 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh's records on the basis of presidential privilege.

Democrats and advocates fear the conservative appellate judge, who was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, will overturn Obamacare's pre-existing condition protections, taking the country back to a time when insurance companies could deny consumers coverage.

But aside from the unremarkable observation that Roe is an "important precedent", Judge Kavanaugh would only offer this: "I understand how passionately and deeply people feel about this issue", he said.

"They were some ideas for Congress to consider. So sad to see!" Roe and other Supreme Court decisions also protect the right to continue a pregnancy, meaning that the government can not coerce us into not having children through sterilization or other means. They took turns yelling as senators spoke, with one shouting, "This is a travesty of justice", while another shouted, "Our democracy is broken", and a third urging, "Vote no on Kavanaugh".

For a second day, protesters interrupted proceedings before being removed by security personnel.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

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"We can not possibly move forward".

"I don't want to go back" to those days, she says. He even cited times when justices appointed by Democratic presidents dodged answering how they'd rule on hot-button issues during their confirmation hearings.

Democrats repeatedly broke into Grassley's opening remarks to demand a halt in order to be allowed time to study the 42,000 pages released by the White House just 15 hours before the start of the hearing. They include a 1998 memo in which Kavanaugh urged that Starr's deputies pose sexually graphic questions to then-President Bill Clinton about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

For instance, the Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Johnson v. U.S., a case about whether police can use a routine, minor traffic violation to justify the seizure of a auto and its passengers in the hopes of finding evidence of other crimes.

Democrats raised objections from the moment Iowa Sen.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, speaks with Sen.

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Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, October 1, which is little more than a month before congressional elections.

Answering a question from Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, Kavanaugh said he could not commit to recusing himself from any cases involving investigations or civil lawsuits relating to the president.

Republicans also have released some but not all of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office prior to becoming staff secretary.

And while Republicans objected to the depiction of Kavanaugh as a partisan judge, his resumé points to a history of conservative political advocacy, including a stint in U.S. President George W. Bush's administration. Democrats signaled that they would press Kavanaugh in depth on abortion and gun rights, among other issues, when they get to question the nominee.

Asked by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, whether he would have any trouble ruling against Trump or the executive branch, Kavanaugh replied: "No one is above the law in our constitutional system". He also accused them of obstruction.

Both senators were present at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, expressing their dissent to Kavanaugh's nomination, when the emails were sent.

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