Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The White House told the F.B.I. to interview anyone necessary for its inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, as long as the review is finished by Friday. Democrats had criticized the inquiry as too limited in scope. [Read the story]
• While the F.B.I. looks into Judge Kavanaugh’s past, Democrats are raising issues about his truthfulness, partisanship and temperament in the present. [Read the story]
• While an undergraduate at Yale, Judge Kavanaugh was involved in an altercation at a local bar, where he was accused of throwing ice on another patron, according to a police report. [Read the story]
• A former Yale classmate of Judge Kavanaugh’s, Chad Ludington, has also questioned the nominee’s honesty, saying he mischaracterized his college drinking habits during last week’s hearing. [Read the full statement]
• With Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation in jeopardy, President Trump lashed out at Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. [Read the story]
• Mr. Trump promoted a revised trade pact with Canada and Mexico as a victory for the U.S. and the fulfillment of a campaign promise. But the deal’s importance may have less to do with the details than the signal it sends to China. [Read the story]
• The new deal, dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, includes significant changes for automakers, dairy farmers, labor unions and large corporations. [Read the story]
• As Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president, explores a possible 2020 presidential run, he is reckoning with a revival of interest in his role in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in 1991. [Read the story]
• The Justice Department sued California over a new law that would guarantee equal access to the internet, a principle known as net neutrality. [Read the story]
• The image of the United States has fallen substantially since Mr. Trump became president, according to a poll in 25 countries. [Read the story]
• With the nation still riveted by the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the eight justices of the Supreme Court began a new term by hearing a case about an endangered frog. [Read the story]
• Tax evasion is central to the criminal cases of two associates of the president, Paul Manafort and Michael D. Cohen. Budget cuts to the Internal Revenue Service have made this crime all the more possible. [Read the story]
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.
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