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Mark A. Perry: The Brett Kavanaugh I know

The Brett Kavanaugh I’ve known since 1991 is a good and decent man, a principled and disciplined jurist, and a rigorous and careful thinker. His nomination reflects the unparalleled record of achievement he has built up over the long course of his professional life.

Kavanaugh confirmation all but sure after long, bitter fight

After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation’s highest court on Saturday.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The Republicans put on quite a show

Give the Republicans credit: They worked hard to create the appearance of enlightened compassion. Meaning, of course, Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into claims by psychology professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that, 36 years ago, when she was 15 and he 17, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh drunkenly tried to rape her. With the ghost of Anita Hill staring over their shoulders, GOP lawmakers were desperate to stage-manage the optics.

David Von Drehle: America, we are on our own

If the United States’ worst enemies had schemed to design a more divisive, more demoralizing, more hurtful episode than the hearings on Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court, they could not have done so.

Marc A. Thiessen: Brett Kavanaugh fights back

Whether our democracy is permanently altered depends on whether the Senate rejects this campaign of character assassination and confirms Brett Kavanaugh. We’ll find out the answer shortly.

Jonathan Capehart: Hell hath no fury like an entitled white man denied

I can understand why Brett Kavanaugh erupted with anger. It was the lack of humility and decorum and contrition that canceled any human emotion I could have had for him as he fought back tears during the hearing over his imperiled Supreme Court nomination.

Trump agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh, bows to Flake, Dems

Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats’ demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it – a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

Spokane students track Kavanaugh hearings, but at a distance

National media outlets lent their full attention to the emotional, and at time combative, testimony emerging in Washington, D.C. Thursday during hearings into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s past and allegations of sexual assault.

Washington Supreme Court candidates Nathan Choi, Steve Gonzalez debate Kavanaugh, campaign finance

In their first public forum for Washington Supreme Court – a forum that at times delved into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Justice Steve Gonzalez and his challenger, Nathan Choi, answered a series of questions from Spokane voters, including how justices can address prison overcrowding, and whether judges at all levels should be elected.

Charles Lane: Judiciary endangered by partisan politics

No matter how the fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court ends, the lesson of it is already clear: The court is too important. The Senate confirmation process has turned into a political street fight – not just for the Supreme Court, but for lower courts as well – because two ideologically polarized political parties correctly see the Senate engaged in the selection of a kind of superlegislature, with the power to facilitate or stymie the decisions of all other actors in U.S. government: the states, Congress, the president and the regulatory agencies.