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by TrumpShop.Net on Oct 06, 2018

John Wagner National reporter leading The Post’s breaking political news team October 6 at 2:51 PM The Senate was poised to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice Saturday afternoon by one of the narrowest margins in the institution’s history, as a throng of angry protesters gathered at the steps of the Capitol. The vote, expected by 3:45 p.m., will cap off a brutal confirmation fight that has underscored how deeply polarized the nation has become under President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Washington Post, expressed his confidence in Kavanaugh’s denials of allegations of decades-old sexual assaults and decried the “mob” of protesters who had descended on the Senate. “I never thought Judge Kavanaugh would withdraw,” McConnell said. “When your integrity is attacked like his was, a withdrawal was certainly no solution to that, so we were in the fight to the finish.”  McConnell also called the opposition to Kavanaugh and the protests a “great political gift” to the GOP ahead of next month’s midterm elections. After the remaining votes fell into place on Friday, Democrats, in a show of defiance, spent all night making impassioned floor speeches against the nomination and continued into Saturday morning. They voiced fears about how Kavanaugh would rule on an array of issues, including abortion rights and executive power, and highlighted the allegations of sexual assault that roiled his confirmation process for the past three weeks. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said that by confirming Kavanaugh, the Senate would be sending a deeply troubling message both to the nation’s girls and women — “your experiences don’t matter” — but also to its boys and men. “They can grab women without their consent and brag about it,” Murray said. “They can sexually assault women, laugh about it. And they’re probably going to be fine. They can even grow up to be president of the United States or a justice on the Supreme Court.” [‘Willing to go to the mat’: How Trump and Republicans carried Kavanaugh to the cusp of confirmation] Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992, in the wake of the chamber’s 52-to-48 vote to put Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, the last time issues of gender were so starkly highlighted in a confirmation process. If confirmed as expected, Kavanaugh will join a nine-member court that includes Thomas, who w

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