5 takeaways: Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing
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5 takeaways: Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing

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US President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is finishing two marathon days of questioning from senators. Some referred to it as the “last job interview” the 53-year-old appeals court judge will ever have, if, as expected, he’s confirmed for the lifetime post.

Others will testify about Kavanaugh on Friday, but his part is almost done. Here’s what viewers learned from the hours of questioning Wednesday and Thursday:

Kavanaugh didn’t say or do anything during his confirmation hearings that would seem to stand in the way of his becoming the court’s 114th justice. Republican senators hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so as long as Republicans hold together, Kavanaugh will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court.

“You’re going to get confirmed,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Kavanaugh during Thursday’s hearing.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said that there could be a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation before the end of the month and that Kavanaugh could be on the court when it opens its new term on Oct. 1.

Observers hoping to get a lot of insight into how Kavanaugh might vote in cases involving hot-button issues such as abortion, guns and presidential power were likely sorely disappointed by the hearings.

Kavanaugh declined _ as previous nominees have _ to give any preview of how he wo...

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