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

11 October 2018

Frank Luntz, a veteran Republican pollster, convened a group of 12 swing voters in West Virginia to try to answer that question.

The party that holds the White House typically loses seats in midterm congressional elections. President Barack Obama's health care law, which Trump and Republicans have weakened but failed to repeal, created more limited versions of those plans, lasting up to just three months.

Murkowski, who isn't up for re-election until 2022, tells reporters that her "barometer is not necessarily what the president says but what the people of Alaska say".

On his show Tuesday, Limbaugh explained that Democrats are hoping to impeach President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if they control the House.

"Look, if they want to take away people's health insurance and that's what they're campaigning on for the next several weeks, I think it's a losing strategy", said Gardner, who heads the Senate GOP's campaign organization.

In a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Roberts said he had selected the court in Colorado to "accept the transfer and to exercise the powers of a judicial council with respect to the identified complaints and any pending or new complaints relating to the same subject matter".

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Following the Senate's vote to confirm Kavanaugh, RAINN said in a statement that the group is "disappointed in the outcome" but "glad that America got the opportunity to hear Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony". Trump has said Alaskans will make her pay. The spectacle, in which more accusers and corroborators came forward, nearly derailed Kavanaugh's nomination.

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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Democrats could face backlash in 2020 if they engage in "presidential harassment" after winning back the House in 2018 midterm elections. "Nobody's going to beat her", the Kentucky Republican added. Republicans have promoted them as a low-priced option for strapped consumers after years of steadily rising premiums, which they blame on Obama's law, and GOP candidates will be happy to use Wednesday's vote to make that point.

At Northwestern University, associate general counsel Sarah Wake said that since the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, she has observed a significant increase in student reports of past sexual misconduct to the Office of Equity.

In fact, the judge's contentious confirmation process - in which he was accused of an alleged sexual assault 36 years ago but nonetheless confirmed along partisan lines - has been weaponised by both sides.

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