For Kavanaugh, a collegial start to U.S. Supreme Court career

11 October, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Washington, D.C. maybe become "uninhabitable for a while" if the Democrats do not retake the House in November's midterm elections.

The Trump administration "junk" plan rule lifted the ban on insurance companies selling short-term limited-duration plans and association health plans (AHP), both of which can flout certain regulations and requirements laid out in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such as coverage for maternity care, prescription drugs, emergency services, mental health services, preventive care (including contraceptives), and hospitalization.

Fox News personality Bret Baier on Wednesday reported that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has referred allegations of judicial misconduct claims against Justice Brett Kavanaugh to outside judges for investigation.

"I don't see how it could be much wider than it already was", he said. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Garland had been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, but Senate Republicans never acted on the nomination.

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It also comes as campaign operatives assess whether the Kavanaugh battle will overshadow what has been shaping up as a voters' referendum on Trump, colored by candidates' views on health care and the economy.

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"Democrats want to raise your taxes, impose socialism, dismantle law enforcement, eliminate (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) and get rid of American borders", Trump said in a state where immigration is a particularly divisive topic because of the influx of laborers who support farming and other industries.

But by pushing ahead, Democrats made Republicans cast a health care vote that Democrats could wield in campaign ads for next month's midterm elections, in which they hope to topple the GOP's 51-49 Senate majority.

McConnell says the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be", but says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated. Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination and "present" on the final vote.

While the president certainly bashed the senator for her vote, some of her colleagues in the Republican Party have said that Murkowski, like any other senator, had the right to believe - and vote - the way she chooses.

Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that President Trump's remarks at Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony "further undermined the image and integrity of the court".

In fact, the judge's contentious confirmation process - in which he was accused of an alleged sexual assault 36 years ago but nonetheless confirmed along partisan lines - has been weaponised by both sides. The school recently said that Kavanaugh will not be returning to teach there.

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