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LIVE NOW: Watch NPR Coverage Of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Kavanaugh hearings begin: Opening statements are underway in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

At 53, Kavanaugh would be the second-youngest member of the court and the second appointed by President Trump. 

Democrats have few tools to block Kavanaugh's path to the high court. A rule change last year allows the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote.

Watch the hearing live below.