Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments after bitter confirmation fight

Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh in July

Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against the Democratic proposal, saying people in her high-cost state could benefit from the low-priced option.

It's been less than 24-hours since Justice Brett Kavanaugh took his rightful seat on the Supreme Court and two weeks since Democrats attempted to derail his nomination with a supercharged smear campaign.

He said it was unprecedented for a new justice to face such a situation.

"All of my colleagues should vote for this, but I suspect my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have a different idea because ever since taking control of congress and the presidency, Republicans have deliberately, relentlessly undermined Americans' health care", he said.

McConnell told The Associated Press on Wednesday the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be".

New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in for a second time on Monday night during a ceremony televised on primetime television, and Jimmy Kimmel had a few words to say about it during his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" monologue later that night. Before the pivotal vote, several of the women confronting lawmakers in Senate halls were revealed to be high-ranking members of activist groups funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros.

Those latest examples follow hard on Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) openly encouraging confrontation in public spaces with Republicans.

"It's a great frustration", he said.

Murkowski's comments come after Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women (allegations he categorically denies), was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The left's use of uncorroborated sexual assault allegations to block Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court, Trump said, violated "every notion of fairness, decency and due process". Most of these are now held by Democrats, making it hard for them to make gains. He received the first three of 15 eventual complaints on September 20, a week before Kavanaugh's angry denial of a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump also heaped praise on Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, an immigration hard-liner who has often been criticized for statements about whites and minority groups. "Last week, they were saying, 'We'll impeach.'".

"I haven't criticized Dianne", McConnell said. Even Donald Trump blasted Murkowski for her position, calling it "really unacceptable".

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote. Ginsburg later expressed regret for her remarks but has not stepped aside from any case involving Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Democrats to think carefully about "presidential harassment" if they win the majority of the House. The government has estimated those people number from 50 million to 130 million, making them a potent political talking point for Democrats.

The 15 complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings.

One key nomination could be for a new attorney general if the president fires Jeff Sessions, as has been hinted, after the midterm elections.

"Well, she's certainly going to recover".

The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that that it would be "very, very hard to unseat the president in the primary".

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