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WATCH LIVE: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh started today. 

The 53-year-old federal judge is President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the spot left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy who retired in July.

Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided over his nomination and the hearings will be a major political focal point in the months leading up to the midterm elections.

Read NPR coverage from Tuesday's hearing.

Watch the hearing, courtesy of PBS NewsHour

To watch Day 2 of the Kavanaugh hearings, go here