Murkowski on Trump: I know Alaska 'better than he does'

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments after bitter confirmation fight

But he didn't say that was such great news.

Though Wake did not provide specific details about the uptick in sexual assault reports, she said Ford's testimony showed how hard it can be to report sexual misconduct. "We've always had that", though in general "it clearly is wider than it used to be".

Both sides' consultants say initial polling shows newfound enthusiasm among conservatives, who until the court fight were far less excited about voting than their liberal, anti-Trump counterparts.

Mocking some Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who pressed the case against Kavanaugh, Trump said: "The Democrats have become too risky to govern".

Republicans are madder about the Kavanaugh controversy than Democrats are and more determined to vote in the upcoming elections because of it.

With Democrats pressing their advantage on health-care policy all over the country in the run-up to the midterm elections in November, this symbolic measure had some very real political value.

A group that identifies itself as "the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization" said that following Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, its hotline call center saw a record jump in calls from sexual assault survivors.

On the campaign trail Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the wall.

McConnell, aware of the significant chance Democrats have of regaining control of the House, said they could face backlash in 2020 if they abuse their power in 2018 and 2019.

McConnell said he doesn't agree and pointed to the fact that Murkowski had won re-election as a write-in candidate in 2010.

That was the widest margin of support for Democrats in a midterm election since 2006, when the party had a 21-point lead over Republicans among likely voters.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by a razor-thin 50-48 majority in the U.S. Senate following accusations of sexual misconduct, including one of sexual assault as a high-schooler, that he emphatically denied.

Ford had asked for confidentiality in a letter to Feinstein. The spectacle, in which more accusers and corroborators came forward, nearly derailed Kavanaugh's nomination. "Last week, they were saying, 'We'll impeach.'".

"I think the most important thing to remember is that Obamacare is not the only way to get pre-existing condition coverage".

"This business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is", McConnell told the Associated Press. He bemoaned what he considered Democrats tying the Senate in knots with procedural votes on less controversial executive branch nominations.

"She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska". Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and John Cornyn of Texas have been among those mentioned. I have to go first, right?

But Gillers said the complaints "may be found not to be meritorious in the end".

McConnell disagreed with President Donald Trump's prediction that she will "never recover" from her vote, demonstrating once again that as the leader of a supposed conservative Republican party, he is out of step with rank-and-file conservatives.

But McConnell suggested in an Associated Press interview Wednesday any shutdown would be modest because Congress already has provided yearlong funding for about 75 percent of federal operations.

"That episode, if it occurs, would be in the portion of the government we haven't funded", he said. The school recently said that Kavanaugh will not be returning to teach there.

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