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US left more bitterly divided as Supreme Court goes conservative

Battle over Kavanaugh's confirmation may end up eroding faith in top court, say pundits

With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, the court's nine-member Bench is set to be decisively conservative in the decades ahead, with the potential to render decisions that could affect American society in fundamental ways.

"I stand before you on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution," President Donald Trump told a roaring crowd in Topeka, Kansas, just hours after the judge was confirmed in a narrow 50-48 vote in the Senate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'US left more bitterly divided as Supreme Court goes conservative'. Print Edition | Subscribe