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Democrats struggle to stop Brett Kavanaugh

PROVIDING ADVICE AND CONSENT ON SUPREME Court nominations is one of the Senate’s solemn duties. But the start of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings on Sept. 4 was more spectacle than substance. At the outset, all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee carried out a coordinated plan to stall the proceedings, interrupting repeatedly and demanding a postponement. A chorus of protesters stood up and yelled from the back of the room; 70 were arrested on the first day alone.

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