Analysis: On Kavanaugh vs. Ford, a Supreme Court showdown hinges on whom you believe

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She was polite and deferential as she testified about a terrifying assault in high school by a boy she knew. He was angry and combative as he denied he was the one involved.

A fierce battle over whether to confirm federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will depend on who is believed.

Christine Blasey Ford, 51 and a California professor, faced a hushed hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee as she spoke of the sound of her attacker’s laughter 36 years ago. The fear that he would inadvertently kill her as he smothered her screams for help. The claustrophobia that followed and made her insist on having a second front door at her home even now.

How certain was she, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin asked, that the assailant was Kavanaugh? “100 percent,” she replied.

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