Mike Pence 'very encouraged' by reaction on Capitol Hill to Kavanaugh's nomination

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The 2013 United States v. Windsor and 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges rulings on same-sex marriage were both decided by narrow 5-4 rulings, and if confirmed Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh would likely flip the court to a 4-5 vote against equality for future cases.

"I'm embarrassed by the scratch-your-back-then-you-scratch mine column of Akhil Amar and I say that as a Yale Law alum and one of his former students, " said Neera Tanden, a Hillary Clinton acolyte and President of the thinktank Center for American Progress. "That's why they want to stack the courts [with people] who are going to check their own litmus test on abortion".

But fierce Democratic opposition alone will not be enough to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation. Democrats plan to pressure two moderate Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, to oppose the nomination.

Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Donnelly and Heitkamp promised a careful and fair review. The FOIA request, which demands notes and correspondence from 1994 to 1998 as Kavanaugh worked for Starr, could amount to some 20,000 pages, the group said.

Kavanaugh's long record includes his 12 years as a judge with almost 300 written opinions, a multitude of scholarly articles, a paperwork trail from his time in the Bush White House, and thousands of documents from when he served on the Starr investigation.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has yet to make a public statement regarding its stance on Kavanaugh's nomination.

In his dissent, Kavanaugh argued that undocumented workers were no longer employees under the law due to the 1986 law passed by Congress.

"He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", Trump said in his prime-time televised White House announcement. He and Alexander both voted in favor of Trump's last pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. "Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land".

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Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.

Here's why: Kavanaugh's court rarely issues opinions on Monday. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

When Obama nominated Kagan in 2010, the National Archives released 170,000 pages of records from her time working in President Bill Clinton's White House.

He added: "This nominee was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality - and the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh threatens to erode our nation's civil rights laws, block transgender troops from bravely serving this nation and allow a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every aspect of American life".

As promised, Trump made his pick from a list of more than two dozen potential nominees drawn up with the help from conservative legal activists at The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation.

The reaction of her constituents in ME to Kavanaugh's nomination has been "very mixed", she said.

Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping Kavanaugh can earn bipartisan support and are seeking to woo Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won easily in 2016, such as Joe Donnelly of in and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Demand Justice, a liberal group formed to counter JCN's influence, has not committed to a particular dollar figure but has placed ads in Alaska and ME targeting Murkowski and Collins. He said he looks forward to the confirmation process beginning. They were carrying "Protect Roe" signs and chanting, "What do we want?" He said he was specifically concerned about how Kavanaugh might rule in cases concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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