Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Democrats said the apparent constraints on the F.B.I. investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, could make it a “farce.” A former classmate of Judge Kavanaugh’s said he planned to tell the F.B.I. that he frequently saw the judge “staggering from alcohol consumption” during their years at Yale. [Read the story]
• With all of its emotion and anger, the fight over Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination shows how the dynamics of the #MeToo movement have begun to thread their way into American life. [Read the story]
• With his decision to force an F.B.I. investigation into the sexual assault accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona may have cleared the way for Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation and saved Republicans from themselves. [Read the story]
• The United States and Canada reached a last-minute deal to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, overcoming deep divisions to keep the 25-year-old trilateral pact with Mexico intact. [Read the story]
• In the shadow of the titanic confirmation fight over Judge Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court will return to the bench on Monday with a docket that offers an opportunity to lower the temperature. [Read the story]
• Hundreds of migrant children a week are being relocated in middle-of-the-night journeys to a bleak tent camp on the Texas-Mexico border, all to make room for a surge in the migrant children population. [Read the story]
• Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts declared that she would “take a hard look” at running for the White House in 2020 once the midterm elections are over, and called on the country to elect a female president to fix the “broken government” in Washington. [Read the story]
• The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants. [Read the story]
• China canceled an important annual security meeting planned for mid-October with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Beijing, the latest sign of bad blood between China and the U.S. [Read the story]
• Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that Tehran was closing in on an agreement to sell oil to European nations despite American threats of sanctions against any countries that do business with Iran. [Read the story]
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Noah Weiland in Washington.
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