This week in politics: Christine Blasey Ford testifies and Trump heads to the UN

Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify against Brett Kavanaugh this week, while Trump will address the United Nations during a four-day trip to New York.

This Week in Trump-Russia News: When will Trump fire Rod Rosenstein — or will he?

Rosenstein offered to wear a wire and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to oust Trump, according to an explosive new report.

Christine Blasey Ford accepts request to testify on Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual abuse allegations

Ford has accused Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

Ex-Trump official admits she may have discussed Russia contacts with Michael Flynn

K.T. MacFarland has revised her statement to Mueller after denying she knew about Flynn's Kislyak contacts.

Sean Hannity to Trump: Don’t fire Rod Rosenstein

The Fox News pundit warned Trump that a report of Rosenstein seeking to oust him from office is a "setup."

North Korea’s nuclear program is still alive and well. Will a new peace agreement move the needle?

With North Korea and South Korea reaching an accord, will Kim Jong Un really take concrete steps toward denuclearization? The answer may depend on Trump.

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Mic Daily: Rod Rosenstein reportedly offered to wear a wire — and other news of the day

Mic Daily is a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from the Trump administration that aren’t about Brett Kavanaugh

Here are the five stories you might have missed this week.

With #WhyIDidntReport, sexual assault survivors remind Trump about the dangers of rape culture

Trump criticized for tweets about Christine Blasey Ford's alleged assault.

Report: Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to expose Trump chaos in 2017

He also brought up the 25th Amendment, which would declare Trump unfit for office, sources told the 'New York Times.'

Trump pumps brakes on Russia document declassification, says inspector general conducting review

Trump acknowledges concern about his decision to declassify Russia probe documents, but he could still declassify "if it proves necessary."

After days of restraint, Trump lashes out at alleged Kavanaugh victim

Trump questioned the account of the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted assault, hours after unnamed White House reportedly officials praised him for his restraint.

Today in Trump’s America: Poll shows Brett Kavanaugh underwater in approval among Americans

Just 34% of Americans say they support Kavanaugh’s nomination, as opposed to the 38% who oppose him being confirmed to the nation’s highest court.
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Mic Daily: Mueller reportedly discussed Trump’s dealings with Russia — and other news of the day

Mic Daily is a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

Michael Cohen has reportedly discussed Trump’s dealings with Russia in interviews with Mueller

Trump's former lawyer and fixer has also been asked whether the president or any of his associates have discussed a possible pardon.

Today in Trump’s America: Kavanaugh accuser’s lawyer says GOP not acting in “good faith”

“The committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation,” Lisa Banks, a lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford, said in a statement.

Republicans suggest they’ll hold Kavanaugh vote if accuser doesn’t testify on sex abuse allegation

Christine Blasey Ford suggested Tuesday she wouldn't testify until the FBI had probed her sexual assault claims against Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Trump attacks Sessions again: “I’m very disappointed in Jeff”

Trump says that he "[doesn't] have an attorney general" in his latest broadside against Sessions.

Today in Trump’s America: Ford says she’s faced death threats over Kavanaugh allegations

Ford is calling for an FBI investigation before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Mic Daily: Kavanaugh’s confirmation hits a major snag — and other news of the day

Mic Daily is a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

Trump: “We will delay” Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation amid sex abuse allegations

The president still praised his nominee as an "outstanding person" with an "unblemished" record.

North Korea blames “gangster-like” US for stalled denuclearization talks, but Kim praises Trump

Pyongyang continues to blame Washington for stalled diplomatic dealings between the two governments, all while buttering up Trump.

Anita Hill weighs in on Kavanaugh sex abuse allegations: “In 2018, our senators must get it right”

The law professor is urging senators to "do better" in handling Christine Blasey Ford's accusations than they did in handling her sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump slashes number of refugees allowed in the US to a record low

The Trump administration is once again lowering the number of refugees it will allow to resettle in the U.S., slashing the number from 45,000 in 2018 to no more than 30,000 in 2019.

Trump opens door to a delay in Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote as controversy swirls

A growing number of GOP senators have said they think the allegations should be looked into before a vote is held.

How US cities and states plan to push back against the Trump administration on climate change

Cities and states made bold commitments to fighting climate change during the California summit — but even more needs to be done.

Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations, will testify to “defend my integrity”

“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refuse this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”

Today in Trump’s America: Kavanaugh nomination in doubt as his accuser steps forward

Ford says she is willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to NBC News. The optics of such a testimony could be devastating for Kavanaugh and the GOP.

This Week in Politics: Hurricane Maria anniversary arrives as senators vote on Kavanaugh

The Senate is set to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward Thursday, while activists plan to mark Hurricane Maria's one-year anniversary by protesting Trump.

Former special prosecutor Ken Starr says Manafort plea is a “significant breakthrough” for Mueller

Starr said America is "much closer to getting the truth" now that Manafort is cooperating with Mueller's investigation.