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The Kavanaugh confirmation: Why the next 36 hours are crucial




Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leave the Senate floor and walks to his office on Capitol Hill, October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leave the Senate floor and walks to his office on Capitol Hill, October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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A high-stakes partisan row quickly broke out Thursday over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found "no hint of misconduct" and Democrats accusing the White House of slapping crippling constraints on the probe.

We look at what comes next. Plus, we discuss a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Wednesday that shows more people believe Christine Blasey Ford than Kavanaugh. The results of the newly-released poll represent a cultural shift from 1991, where people at the time believed then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas over Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment in the workplace.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Greg Sullivan, Washington breaking news reporter for Bloomberg, who has been covering the Senate confirmation process for Kavanaugh; he tweets @gssullivan

Lee Miringoff , director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, a survey research center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, which conducted the poll;  he tweets @LeeMiringoff     

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush