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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is in line for a huge promotion. After a week and a half of anxious speculation among media and politicos, President Trump told reporters gathered at the White House Monday that Kavanaugh — former aide to President George W. Bush, clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and current Court of Appeals judge — would be his nomination to fill retiring Justice Kennedy’s seat on the nation’s highest court.

According to the New York Times, Judge Kavanaugh was among the most conservative names on a list of potential nominees compiled for the president by the right-wing think tank, the Federalist Society. During his announcement, Trump declared Kavanaugh “one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time.”

As expected, Kavanaugh’s nomination was met with near-ubiquitous rejection from Democratic legislators, continuing the partisan battle that blocked President Obama from…

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