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1. Kavanaugh drama vaults McConnell to status of Republican hero and villain to Democrats

WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell didn't break his trademark stoic expression Saturday afternoon as his colleagues methodically voted, one by one, on whether to place Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate majority leader and Kentucky Republican didn't turn to face fellow senators as they declared "yes" or "no." He barely flinched as protesters screamed from the galleries overlooking the Senate floor, even as one woman was physically dragged by the arms and legs from the Senate chamber by Capitol Police.

But McConnell was enjoying a political euphoria like he has rarely known.

Twenty days after Christine Blasey Ford went public with allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in 1982, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to become an associate justice on the nation's highest court.

Saturday at 4 p.m., as the 50 to 48 vote was announced, was a moment McConnell knows will become inextricably linked to his legacy.

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