Brett Kavanaugh moves towards Supreme Court confirmation after long, bitter fight

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Murkowski is the only Republican Senator who is voting "no" to Brett Kavanaugh getting the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted "no".

Manchin, a red-state Democrat, earlier also voted yes to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a vote in the full Senate. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

"So as much as I think she's exhausted of being in this position of being such a deciding vote on so many issues, here we are again awaiting her 3:00 p.m. announcement of which way she's going to go", he added.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the claim - and allegations that he drank to the point of memory loss at the time - in a confrontation with senators.

Two women have now accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual assault when he younger.

In a procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans an initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

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Here are where things presently stand on Kavanaugh's nomination with these undecided senators. A floor vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Similarly, Flake suggested he would vote "yes" for Kavanaugh "unless something big changes". The final Senate vote on the Supreme Court nominee is likely to be held Saturday.

In the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling".

The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote on Saturday appeared to increase after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

Other Republicans later pushed back against protesters. Sen. "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters that the Senate Judiciary Committee's inability to attract Republican women might be caused by its heavy workload, a remark the panel's chairman tried to retract a few minutes later. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

"The conduct of left-wing dark money groups and allies in this body have shamed us all", he said.

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"But Democrats had pointed to not only the sexual assault allegations, which they described" but also questions about Kavanaugh's temperament during the hearing last week and whether he had lied about his drinking during high school and college, and what certain references in his high school yearbook meant. That gave him enough Senate support to win confirmation after a bitter, partisan battle.

"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", she said.

Palin said in April she's keen to be involved in public office again.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".

Comedian Kathy Griffin, always one to keep a cool head in political debates, had a total meltdown on Twitter because of Collins' decision.

The joke within the tweet would not have been lost on fans of Saturday Night Live - Tina Fey said the memorable line, "I can see Russian Federation from my house" in a 2008 episode of the comedy sketch show.

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