Sep 25, 2018

White House "open" to second Kavanaugh accuser at Thursday hearing

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that the administration would be "open" to Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, testifying during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Why it matters: The hearing, which will include Kavanaugh's first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is set to be an explosive affair as Democrats consult experts in fields like sexual assault victimization and college drinking in preparation and Republicans aggressively contest what they call the "foggy memories" of his accusers.

Go deeper

America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 15 hours ago - Health