President Trump has unveiled his Supreme Court nominee—and the stage is set for yet another highly partisan Washington showdown. Brett Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, tried to portray himself as an ally of women in his remarks Monday night, referring to his wife, two daughters, and his mother, a former prosecutor and judge in Maryland, the Washington Post reports. Democrats, however, made it clear that they would target his views on abortion and contraception, among other issues, as they fought the nomination. "I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch promised to "lift heaven and Earth" to see Kavanaugh confirmed. A roundup of coverage:
- Make or break. USA Today looks at six moderate senators—two Republicans and four Democrats—who could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination. Among them is Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who supports abortion rights and has promised to cast an "independent" vote on any nominee to replace swing court vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. It will take a simple majority in the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh.