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Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

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Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), who has said he has no intentions of missing his daughter’s wedding to be in Washington, D.C. to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, will borrow his friend’s private plane to get back to D.C. after the wedding if he’s needed, Daines’ spokesperson said in a tweet.

That friend? Fellow Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, the lawmaker widely known for his assault of a Guardian reporter on the eve of his election.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters that she would vote “yes” on Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a final vote on Saturday, but said she would announce her final decision at 3 p.m. EST on Friday.

The Senate is set to take a procedural vote on Kavanaugh at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday.

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During a speech from the Senate floor on Friday morning, less than an hour before the Senate holds a cloture vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) claimed that Democrats had treated Kavanaugh worse than rejected Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court justice accused of sexual harassment in the 1990s.

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