Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.
1. A huge Republican victory. At a cost.
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to a lifetime appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court after being confirmed by a 50-48 vote in the Senate on Saturday. His arrival swings the court to the right for what could be a generation. Above, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, after the vote.
The partisan fight over his confirmation triggered #MeToo fury and rage at white male entitlement, and President Trump encouraged a sharp backlash. The battle has left the Senate and the country bruised, divided and raw, and the Supreme Court tarnished. (The court hears arguments on Tuesday.)
Democratic anger may move Congress to the left in midterm elections, just four weeks away, that will determine Mr. Trump’s prospects for the last two years of his term. House Democrats have already promised to investigate the accusations of sexual misconduct and perjury against Judge Kavanaugh should they retake the chamber.
3. President Trump has long claimed to be a self-made billionaire. But he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father, Fred Trump, pictured above.
An investigation by The Times found that much of that reached Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes, with sham corporations, improper deductions and real estate holdings undervalued by hundreds of millions. The schemes — some of them outright fraud — enabled the family to evade hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes on the transfer of over $1 billion to the Trump children.
Here are 11 takeaways from our report.
A lawyer for the president said “there was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone,” and Mr. Trump called the article an “old, boring and often told hit piece.” But officials in New York State and New York City are investigating.
Meanwhile, the first lady, Melania Trump, is returning to the U.S. after a week far from the bedlam of Washington. She seemed at ease on visits to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. She did raise eyebrows by wearing a white pith helmet, a symbol of colonial rule. Follow her trip in photos.
Ms. Murad, 25, has become the voice of women who survived sexual violence by ISIS. Dr. Mukwege, 63, has treated thousands of women in a country once called the rape capital of the world.
Speculation on possible winners had included prime movers in encouraging North Korea to denuclearize. That process takes another step today. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and is in South Korea to meet President Moon Jae-in.
5. The death toll from an earthquake and 20-foot tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28 increased to more than 1,700.
Many more are believed to have died, been buried under soil, swept away by waves or trapped in a tangle of crushed buildings that will take months, possibly years, to clear. “They are finding devastation and tragedy everywhere,” a spokeswoman for one aid group said.
Liquefaction — when an earthquake turns land into roiling waves like liquid — obliterated whole villages and neighborhoods.
6. “Justice for Laquan!”
Crowds outside a Chicago courthouse, above, had prepared to protest, but instead they cheered as Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder for shooting Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, 16 times in 2014.
It was the first conviction of a Chicago police officer for an on-duty shooting in nearly 50 years. Whether it will ease decades of mistrust and anger between the police and black Chicagoans remains to be seen.
Nationally, in 15 prominent cases of black people killed in confrontations with the police since 2014, three officers have now been convicted.
8. Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
With two homers from Gary Sanchez and one from Aaron Judge, the Yankees won in Fenway Park to head home with the American League division series tied at 1-1.
They play again on Monday in New York, where the Yankees have won seven consecutive playoff games dating to last season. The Houston Astros will face the Indians in Cleveland on Monday.
In the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies today (4:30 p.m. Eastern), and the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Atlanta Braves (8 p.m. Eastern).
9. There were no surprise celebrity guests on “Saturday Night Live,” so the show’s ensemble cast was on its own to address Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The cold open: a celebratory Republican locker room, with Senators Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) and Jeff Flake (Pete Davidson), above.
The show’s host was the comic actress Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8,” “Crazy Rich Asians”), who thanked another Asian woman who has hosted the show, her idol Lucy Liu, for “opening the door.”
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