Thousands to march in Chicago against Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks

"People think of us as a blue state even though we are a deeply divided state", said Cornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy at Washington State University.

Judges are appointed by an internal judicial system and by law must retire at the age of 65.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

This system has proved effective at maintaining a by-and-large unbiased judicial branch of government in the world's largest democracy.

Led by discontent among women, Americans by a 51-41 percent margin disapprove of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court -- and a majority favors further investigation by Congress that could lead to efforts to remove him from office.

Over several decades, the court has gradually become more polarised.

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Before hearing arguments on October 9, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama. Republicans promised not to appoint pro-choice judges, and Democrats did the opposite.

New Yorker writer Osita Nwanevu was among many commentators suggesting that Democrats easily could have allowed red-state Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns to return home while the rest of the Senate Democratic caucus remained to fight Trump's nominees, but Schumer opted to fully cave to McConnell instead. "On the Supreme Court I will seek to be a force for stability and unity", he said. Garland had been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, but Senate Republicans never acted on the nomination.

The protest organised by Women's March Chicago was a sign of the political fallout from the partisan fight to confirm Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court despite sexual assault allegations.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retired justice Anthony Kennedy - long seen as a key swing vote - was controversial from the start.

Simultaneous marches were to be held in nearby cities in Republican areas of IL - outside of the Democrat-stronghold of Chicago.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during an interview at The Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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One Republican observer said he thought as many as 20 or 21 of the 25 Republican districts that went for Hillary Clinton a year ago could well flip to the Democrats, producing a large Democratic House wave.

The election may turn on whether the president's loyal base of supporters can withstand a big turnout of opposition Democrats and independents looking to send Trump a message November 6.

The 53-year-old justice told the White House gathering that he would not let the "bitter" confirmation process affect his work on the highest court in the land. "Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside, left-wing opposition groups", Judge Kavanaugh shouted during his opening address. A space President Donald Trump was eager to fill.

"This is a circus". Like it or not, we're nearly certainly stuck with Kavanaugh.

This point is hard to dispute.

The justices privately made the decision to reject the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation, and announced the action on Tuesday. Shortly afterwards, the USA high court came to order with the traditional call of "Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye".

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