President Donald Trump apologized "on behalf of our nation" to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family Monday evening "for the bad pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", while proclaiming him innocent of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned aside appeals of a 2017 lower court ruling by its newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, that struck down an environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
The DCCC also says it raised $4.38 million from the end of September to October 5 - the day it was clear Kavanaugh had the votes to be confirmed.
With police standing by, a handful of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here". But percolating in the courts below are major issues - concerning the Affordable Care Act, DACA and LGBT rights that could be headed to the Supreme Court perhaps as early as this term.
The Kavanaugh confirmation has blown open the midterm elections from being a national referendum on Trump's stewardship to a raw emotional discussion over the lack of women in power and how to handle sexual misconduct allegations.
Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late Monday was a chance for the Trump administration to perform the equivalent of a victory lap. After weeks of being painted as an existential threat to women's rights and, indeed, a serial predator, the newly-minuted justice made history by bringing on SCOTUS' first ever all-female slate of law clerks.
Then came bombshell testimony from university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a gathering when they were in school. Justice Sonia Sotomayor even appeared to playfully pinch Gorsuch's arm as she asked a question about the kind of physical force necessary to have a crime be treated as violent under a federal enhanced sentencing law. Kavanaugh could serve for decades in the lifetime job.
Google teases a surprise coming in the Pixel 3 XL launch tomorrow
The smartphone comes with two selfie cameras on the front and just like the Pixel 2 XL there's a single sensor on the back panel. It seems obvious to me, but of course, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come out, of which we already know nearly everything.
178 years is what it took for a person of colour to join the court.
The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.
"We will not forget!" the group shouted - a reference to the accusations of sexual assault that threatened to derail Kavanaugh's nomination, allegations that the 53-year-old strongly denied.
Trump on Twitter on Tuesday said he was "very proud" of Kavanaugh and his family, and disparaged the anti-Kavanaugh protesters.
Republicans, meanwhile, are pushing to pick up seats in increasingly Democratic Colorado and OR while keeping them in most of New England as well as the South and much of the West. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy on the bench.
Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in has some historical precedent, as most of the current members of the Supreme Court had some White House aspect to their oath-takings, even if they already had been done so privately and even started work.