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Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court moves to the Senate floor; the Interpol president goes missing after a trip to native China.
The final motion to vote Alex Wong/Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh is one step closer to being confirmed to America’s highest court after the Senate narrowly passed a motion to move his confirmation vote forward Friday. [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim and John Wagner] And Kavanaugh appears to have the votes; three senators who previously appeared undecided announced they’ll vote to confirm the nominee. These were Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, and Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake. [CNN / Stephen Collinson and Clare Foran] Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who opposed the cloture vote, has yet to publicly announce which way she’ll swing, though many indigenous communities from her state have formally come out against the candidate’s nomination. [Vox / Umair Irfan] With the votes of Collins, Flake, and Manchin’s secured, however, it is near certain Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The senators are expected to join the rest of the Republican Party (excluding Murkowski) for a 51-vote majority. [Wall Street Journal / Natalie Andrews and Kristina Peterson] If confirmed, Kavanaugh will become the second Trump-appointed member of the Supreme Court, following Neil Gorsuch’s 54-45 confirmation vote last year. [New York Times / Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nicholas Fandos] Kavanaugh’s presence on the Supreme Court bench would swing the balance of the court decisively toward conservatives