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The Senate narrowly moved Friday (Oct. 5) toward a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh with his confirmation to the Supreme Court seemingly assured after a commitment later in the day from moderate Republican Sen.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted "present", offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter's wedding.

Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Christine Blasey Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them. I believe is is a good man. Something happened to Dr. Ford.

Jocelyn Sigue was one of a number of visitors who wrote a note about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Sen. He denied those accusations, as well as Ford's, in angry testimony to a Senate committee.

The Senate voted Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

When Friday's procedural vote was over, Republican Sen. More than 300 were arrested on Thursday.

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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter". That investigation took two days, and ultimately Thomas was confirmed to the court.

With Collins voting yes, Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but certain. That's never happened in a Supreme Court confirmation. The panel voted 11-10 along party lines to forward Kavanaugh to the full Senate.

"So many people in America are counting on us, so many women in America are counting on us, so many tribal women are counting on us". Both parties are hoping the bitter struggle will energise their most loyal voters to stream to the polls in less than five weeks, when Republican control of the House and perhaps the Senate is in play.

Durbin also said that Kavanaugh "checks boxes" on President Donald Trump's "opposition list" and is compliant with the president's stance on health care, labor, women's rights and the environment. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law previous year, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

But Democratic senators said it had been incomplete.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims. They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation initiate legal action.

While the documents have not been made public, Republicans said they did not back up sexual assault allegations by Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. But Collins said witnesses Ford had identified who were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week and included in a report the agency gave lawmakers had failed to corroborate Ford's claims.