From Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s all-but-assured confirmation to revelations about President Trump’s wealth, here are some of this week’s biggest stories in American politics. (And some links if you wish to read further.)
Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation is all but assured.
After devastatingly divisive confirmation hearings and an F.B.I. review of sexual misconduct allegations, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was secured Friday after Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia said they would back him. [Read the story]
A final vote is expected late Saturday afternoon. [Here’s how they voted Friday on advancing the confirmation.]
After Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she would be the lone Republican to withhold support for Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Collins delivered a 45-minute defense of her decision to confirm the judge. [Read Friday’s On Washington here.]
New York officials said on Thursday that they had joined state regulators in investigating whether taxes had been underpaid on the elder Mr. Trump’s wealth. [Read the story]
No more Nafta: The United States, Canada and Mexico signed a new trade agreement.
After a year of negotiations, the United States and Canada reached an agreement this week that would salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new agreement, renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or U.S.M.C.A., is also a sign of the growing trade war with China. [Read the story]
The new name, however, has proved to be a mouthful. [Read the story]
After the agreement was signed, Mr. Trump said that the United States and Canada had “always had actually a very good relationship” — a claim that many Canadians scoffed at. [Read the story]
We’re officially one month away from the midterm elections.
Republican strategists are hopeful that the Kavanaugh nomination — and the anger over how the sexual misconduct allegations were handled — will motivate voters to go to the polls in November. [Read the story]
The president’s advisers are planning an aggressive campaign schedule for Mr. Trump to help woo voters — and are warning candidates against distancing themselves from him. [Read the story] Elsewhere, few candidates are choosing to run on climate change. [Read the story]
Black women, motivated by the divisions caused by race and Mr. Trump’s presidency, are using networks forged in segregation to turn out voters this fall. [Read the story]
Other Washington updates: Melania in Africa, Pence on China, and Trump in rallies.
On a four-nation trip in Africa, Melania Trump has seemed far more at ease than in Washington, showering her hosts with appreciation for their hospitality. [Read the story]
Vice President Mike Pence delivered a harsh speech against China on Thursday, prompting Beijing officials to perceive the public remarks as the first step of a long battle between the countries. [Read the story]
Mr. Trump toured part of the country to appear at a number of political rallies: ostensibly to stump for the local conservative candidate, but he often indulged in off-script tangents, including attacking the credibility of the first woman to come forward with allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. [Read the story from Tuesday’s rally here]