Battle begins over Trump's Supreme Court pick Jul 11, 2018 0 465 12345 AFPWASHINGTONLAWMAKERS fired the opening shots on Tuesday in a bitter political battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative judge tapped by President Donald Trump to fill a key vacancy on the US Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of US society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.Trump on Monday nominated Kavanaugh, 53, as his pick to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying the federal judge has"impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law."Kavanaugh's job-for-life appointment would lock down a conservative majority on the court following the departure of Kennedy, who acted as swing vote on a number of key issues including the legalisation of gay marriage across America.Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.In selecting Kavanaugh, Trump"has put women's reproductive rights and vital health care protections... at grave, grave risk," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday."Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other."Liberal Senator Bernie Sanders said Kavanaugh would serve as a"rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires."But the Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a"superb choice" in Kavanaugh and urged senators to"put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command." POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES British PM presses on with Brexit plan despite high-profile resignations Jul 11, 2018 0 353 NATO countries should 'reimburse' US for defence costs, says Trump Jul 11, 2018 0 350 Italy stops ship with migrants, turns up pressure on EU allies Jul 11, 2018 0 735 US govt says in compliance with court order on migrant children REUTERS WASHINGTON THE US government believes it is in compliance with a court-ordered Tuesday deadline to reunite immigrant children under 5 who were separated from their parents while crossing the US-Mexico border, .. Germany's Seehofer unveils 'migration master plan' DPA BERLIN FRESH from a bruising spat with Chancellor Angela Merkel about migration, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer presented his long-delayed"migration master plan" on Tuesday. Seehofer, who leads the .. Spain court orders Puigdemont suspension Madrid Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five other separatists be suspended as regional lawmakers after concluding a probe into their secession bid. In a .. George Clooney hurt in Italian scooter crash Rome Hollywood superstar George Clooney was treated in hospital on Tuesday for minor injuries after a scooter accident in Sardinia, Italian media reported. The"Ocean's Eleven" actor hurt his leg when a Mercedes .. Panama prosecutors request 21-year spying sentence for ex-president Panama City Panamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital Panama City. Martinelli, who was extradited back to .. Novichok nerve agent patient regains consciousness London A 45-year-old British man who was left critically ill after being exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok has regained consciousness, the hospital treating him said Tuesday."We have seen a small but .. Trump pardon for Oregon ranchers convicted for arson OREGON US President Donald Trump pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son on Tuesday, who had both been convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a .. Former Trump aide eager to get to sentencing WASHINGTON Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in a case related to the Russian election collusion investigation, is eager to move to the sentencing phase ..