Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Judge Brett Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual misconduct and said he would “not be intimidated into withdrawing” as the Supreme Court nominee. [Read the story]
• In his high school yearbook, Judge Kavanaugh and several classmates described themselves as “Renate” alumni. The woman they were referring to is furious, calling the insinuation “horrible, hurtful and simply untrue.” [Read the story]
• Judge Kavanaugh took the remarkable step of submitting to a television interview before a confirmation vote, defending himself on Fox News. One historian called it “utterly extraordinary.” [Read the story and the transcript]
• President Trump on Judge Kavanaugh: “Hopefully we’ll have a second judge very shortly who is a fantastic, fantastic man, a fantastic talent and intellect.” [Read the story]
• Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, expected Mr. Trump to fire him on Monday after The Times reported that he had considered secretly taping the president and had discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. But at the end of the day, he was still in his job. Here’s what went on behind closed doors. [Read the story]
• The drama surrounding Mr. Rosenstein and Judge Kavanaugh is proving a distraction for Mr. Trump at the U.N. General Assembly. [Read the story]
• Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic nominee for Senate from Arizona, has made her story of childhood homelessness central to her appeal. But court documents reviewed by The Times raise questions about how she told that story. [Read the story]
• Despite the president’s efforts, the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, is skeptical that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons. [Read the story]
• Mr. Trump signed a revised free-trade agreement with South Korea, cementing the first bilateral trade deal of his administration. [Read the story]
• April Freeman, a Democratic congressional candidate in Florida, died unexpectedly on Sunday. [Read the story]
• A move by the pharmaceutical industry to grab $4 billion from the federal Treasury in a bill that is supposed to address the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic is meeting fierce resistance. [Read the story]
• Bob Hugin, a Republican mounting a surprisingly strong challenge to Senator Robert Menendez in New Jersey, highlights his drug industry career in his campaign. Should he? [Read the story]
• As the U.S.-China trade war mounts, companies are considering moving their factories from China to places like Cambodia. But that is easier said than done. [Read the story]
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.
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