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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