On Politics: Kavanaugh Nomination in Limbo

Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, committed to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, setting up a potentially explosive confrontation. [Read the story]

As the risk has mounted that Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination could collapse — a new allegation of sexual misconduct published by The New Yorker on Sunday night raised fresh questions — President Trump has been forced into the role of spectator. [Read the story]

Judge Kavanaugh’s team will argue to the Senate Judiciary Committee that calendars he has from 1982 provide no corroboration for Dr. Ford’s account. [Read the story]

Republican leaders in battleground states like Missouri are doubtful that candidates can wield Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination as a cudgel without risking repercussions. [Read the story]

For Mr. Trump’s advisers, the biggest risk at the United Nations General Assembly this year is the reverse of last year: that he will be overly enthusiastic about engaging adversaries. [Read the story]

As tariffs on Chinese goods go into effect on Monday, tech companies are warning that America’s dominance is at risk. [Read the story]

A rule proposed by the Trump administration could force immigrants seeking permanent resident status to prove they will never become reliant on government assistance. [Read the story]

Representative Scott Taylor was expected to have a relatively easy time winning re-election in Virginia. But after his campaign was rocked by a petition scandal, he joined a handful of other Republicans facing accusations of misconduct and unexpectedly close races. [Read the story]

Several big companies are trying to turn out the vote in November. They say it’s a nonpartisan effort, but many of the brands have tangled with Mr. Trump. [Read the story]

The leader of a prominent conservative research organization will take a leave of absence after suggesting that Dr. Blasey mistakenly accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while in high school. [Read the story]


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Noah Weiland in Washington.

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