The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon by a 50-48 vote, ending one of the most bitter confirmation battles in decades. He was sworn in hours later as protesters denounced the vote.
The big picture: The atmosphere in the Capitol has been poisonous for the past few weeks. Everyone was angry, and everyone was stressed. Police even set up barricades around the Capitol building toward the end of the week, which is highly unusual. And protesters disrupted the final vote several times — another sign of the deep emotions unleashed by the brutal fight.