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What we're watching: The Sunday shows discuss the Kavanaugh hearing

A tentative deal has been reached for Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

What we're watching: Republicans have publicly expressed a willingness to have Ford testify, but, as Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News' Chris Wallace, many are dubious as to what the hearing might actually reveal. Democrats, meanwhile, are continuing to push for a complete FBI investigation and have assailed their GOP counterparts for what they view as unfair treatment of Dr. Ford.

New poll shows Democrats' lead expanding ahead of midterms

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52% of registered voters would like to see the Democrats control Congress after the November elections, while 40% prefer Republicans, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Why it matters: This is the biggest lead Democrats have held yet in midterm polling from NBC/WSJ, and it's bolstered by figures that show more Democrats turned out in House primaries than Republicans for the first time since 2008. The poll also indicates, however, that Republican enthusiasm for the midterms has increased.

The GOP's great fear

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Republicans at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are edgy about the agreement for Christine Blasey Ford, Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

The big picture: The arrangement isn't really a gamble because Republicans have no choice. They have to let Ford testify if they're going to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as top GOP sources still (nervously) predict.