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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault, has not yet agreed to testify at a public hearing planned for Monday.
The hearing, which was scheduled under pressure from lawmakers who said they wanted to hear from Dr. Blasey, promises to become a riveting public spectacle — and one with potentially grave implications for Judge Kavanaugh, who until last week was considered to be on a glide path to confirmation.
For many, the case recalls the 1991 confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment by the law professor Anita Hill.
In an Op-Ed today, Ms. Hill urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to learn from the experience, saying it “must demonstrate a clear understanding that sexual violence is a social reality to which elected representatives must respond.”
2. President Trump weighed in on the accusations, saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh was “not a man that deserves this.”
He falsely accused Democrats of timing the allegation to obstruct Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “It’s a shame,” he added, “because this is a great gentleman.”
Separately, Mr. Trump’s team of lawyers is growing as the special counsel’s investigation continues — but it faces a problem: It’s still partly in the dark about Mr. Trump’s legal exposure.
3. China is running out of options in the trade war.
Since President Trump initiated tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods in July, Beijing has been able to put up equal trade barriers on its end, ratcheting them up in tit-for-tat moves.
But this week Mr. Trump announced new tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods. Beijing could only respond with tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods — almost everything else the country buys from the U.S.
China’s approach has failed to thwart Mr. Trump’s trade offensive, leaving its leaders in a bind. “They don’t know what to do,” said one analyst.
4. Florence, though no longer a hurricane and moving past the Carolinas, is still trailing wreckage. Above, flooding in Lumberton, N.C.
At least 34 people died as a result of the storm, and the authorities fear more deaths as floodwaters continue to rise. Record rainfall has caused dangerous flooding, and water levels are unlikely to recede for days.
And flash flood advisories have been issued for cities along the storm’s northeast trajectory, including Washington, New York and Boston.
5. The Diocese of Brooklyn paid $27.5 million to settle four sex abuse cases, one of the largest ever settlements obtained by victims of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
The four boys who will receive the settlement were repeatedly abused by a religion teacher at St. Lucy’s-St. Patrick’s Church, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
They were repeatedly raped between 2003 and 2009 when they were between the ages of 8 and 12.
“The size of the settlement has to be an indication of the severity of the abuse, and also of the pressure that the Catholic Church is under,” said Terry McKiernan, co-director and president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks clergy sexual abuse cases.
6. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won five Emmys on Monday night, including best comedy series, and “Game of Thrones” picked up the award for best drama. Netflix and HBO tied with 23 Emmys each.
The ceremony featured an onstage marriage proposal, bold fashion statements and an awkward musical bit about diversity. Here are the best and worst moments (including a proposal, above) and the full list of the winners.
But there was a noticeable absence: any meaningful discussion of #MeToo.
7. Silicon Valley is wading into the immigration debate, with companies experimenting with technology that could dissuade border crossings.
Some policymakers believe the approach, using digital cameras and artificial intelligence, would be more effective than miles of concrete and metal. But many tech workers have made it clear in recent months that they don’t want to work on government surveillance projects.
8. As far as iPhones go, bigger is now definitely better, our columnist writes. Apple’s new smartphones are also its most expensive, but their cameras and screens make them worth the price. Read his full review here.
Separately, Facebook has come under fire from job seekers accusing it of helping employers to exclude female candidates from recruiting campaigns.
9. Tesla said the Justice Department had asked it for information after Elon Musk, the car company’s chief executive, announced he was considering taking it private on Twitter. The disclosure appeared to indicate the authorities have opened an investigation into the episode.
The disclosure came a day after a British cave explorer who helped rescue a Thai soccer team sued Mr. Musk for defamation.
But despite these troubles, Mr. Musk named the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, right, as the first SpaceX passenger signed up to loop around the moon.
Mr. Maezawa, founder of the Japanese online clothing company Zozo and a former rock drummer, pictured above with Mr. Musk, said he would like to take up to eight artists with him.
10. Finally, we took a hard look at the reign of a creamy, herby, all-American classic.
In the 1950s, a plumber came up with the dressing mix, packaging the dry ingredients and selling them in envelopes. From there, ranch took over the nation, becoming the topping of choice for everything from chicken wings to baby carrots. (But we may have to agree to disagree about whether it belongs on pizza.)
With that, have a great evening.
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