Kavanaugh hearing: the debate gets heated

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

The Senate's Republican majority is thought to offer a clear path for Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court, where he is expected to provide a decisive conservative vote on explosive issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. "I am very concerned since learning Brett Kavanaugh's views on guns, and how he would strike down any assault weapons ban", she explained - an opinion no doubt informed by her close reading of his opinions on the matter as well as her knowledge of precedents on the Second Amendment.

Kavanaugh said he'd keep an "open mind" if he were asked to consider a law that protected a special counsel against being fired by the president. But with just 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, Pence could be called upon in his constitutional capacity as president of the Senate to cast the deciding vote if one GOP member votes against Kavanaugh's nomination. Though they offered no disqualifying revelations about Kavanaugh, they nevertheless contained material relating to abortion, his past work vetting judicial nominees, and other relevant topics.

The ideological tilt of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, as the Court is now split 4-4 between liberal and conservative justices.

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But if that T-shirt was symbolic of Kavanaugh's effort to show his support for women and their influence on his professional life, the many protesters at the hearings spoke to another reality regarding the Supreme Court nominee and women.

As for Judge Kavanaugh, he spent his last day in the hot seat answering numerous same questions as the day before and re-affirming to senators that he will be a fair justice on the Supreme Court.

An email Kavanaugh authored in 2003 and that was released by Democrats on the committee seemed to undermine Kavanaugh's stated view that Roe is settled law.

While the above two examples are probably worrying enough to most Black folks, Asians may also want to pay attention to Kavanaugh's apparent racism, according to one of the emails that tried to reinforce racial stereotypes.

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"I always wait until after the hearings are complete before making a decision, and I'll do so in this case as well", she said in an interview. That isn't inconceivable - Alaska native groups are lobbying Murkowski to oppose Kavanaugh, who has a record of ruling against indigenous rights.

Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), at the start of the process, urging the committee to adjourn because additional documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House had yet to be released. The "die-in" was directed at Collins' upcoming vote on Kavanaugh. Still, she's sent signals that Kavanaugh cleared a hurdle by telling her that Roe v. Wade establishing abortion rights is settled law. Liberal groups are running TV ads encouraging the senator to reject the nomination.

"I have voted for Justice Sotomayor, and I've also voted for Justice Alito", she said, referring to justices at the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. Collins said on Friday that was her interpretation of the email as well.

Nevermind the fact that Zina Bash, Kavanaugh's former law clerk, was caught on camera during his Senate confirmation hearings this week flashing what appeared to be a white power hand sign.

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