Chuck Schumer

Kavanaugh is confirmed to high court as divisions, protests roil Senate

Kavanaugh is confirmed to high court as divisions, protests roil Senate

As protesters chanted “Shame!” outside, Brett Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed for a pivotal Supreme Court vacancy by the Senate, whose partisan divisions mirror those of a country sharply split over the nominee and allegations of sexual assault in his past.

The 50-48 vote was at the center of a swirl of political activity: senators positioning themselves for November re-election bids, President Donald Trump declaring a “big day for America!” and demonstrators — including some inside the Senate chamber — angrily denouncing the vote as evidence that women’s voices are not heeded.

Kavanaugh, Trump’s second appointment to the high court, will fill the seat of retiring Justice...

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