On Politics: This Week’s Biggest Stories

From the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to developments in the Russia investigation, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories this week (and some links if you want to read further).

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court was thrown into upheaval Sunday after a woman publicly came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago when the two were teenagers. [Read the story]

As lawmakers tussled over how to handle the revelations, the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, indicated through her lawyers on Thursday that she would be willing to testify — but not this coming Monday, as Republicans had hoped. [Read the story]

Initially (and unusually) restrained in response to Ms. Ford’s allegations, Mr. Trump on Friday questioned Dr. Blasey’s credibility, saying that if the attack “was as bad as she says,” she or her parents would have brought it to the authorities. [Read the story]

And even as the Federal Emergency Management Agency is entrenched in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, House Republicans said on Monday that they would investigate the agency’s administrator, Brock Long, for reported improper misuse of government vehicles. [Read the story]

Additional Reading

Touring Storm Damage in the Carolinas, Trump Follows His Own Script

Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Power Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

Mr. Trump will travel to New York on Sunday for his second visit as president to the United Nations. When he arrives at the General Assembly, he will face tensions with allies in Europe and Asia over his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the pace of diplomacy with North Korea, respectively. [Read the story]

North Korea’s new promises of steps toward denuclearization still fall short of what the United States has demanded. [Read the story]

During the assembly, the United States and other countries are likely to focus much attention on Syria’s devastating civil war, which is entering a new and climactic phase. [Read the story]

Additional Reading

North and South Korea Push to End Korean War, but U.S. Remains Wary

Trump Has Put the U.S. and China on the Cusp of a New Cold War


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Emily Cochrane in Washington.

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