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Michael Avenatti, an apparent 2020 presidential hopeful and the lawyer known for representing Stormy Daniels, tweeted Sunday night that he represents "a woman with credible information regarding Judge [Brett] Kavanaugh and Mark Judge."

"I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn."

The details: Avenatti later tweeted that he had been in contact with Mike Davis, the Senate Judiciary Committee's chief counsel for nominations. In an email, Avenatti told Davis that his team was aware of "significant evidence" that Brett Kavanaugh, his former classmate Mark Judge and others targeted women with alcohol and drugs at parties in the 1980s in order to allow "a train" of men to take advantage of them sexually.

  • Avenatti's email suggests there is more to the allegations revealed earlier tonight by a Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer report in the New Yorker, which details a second alleged instance of sexual misconduct. In the report, Mark Judge's ex-girlfriend also recalls him telling her "ashamedly about an incident that involved [Judge] and other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman."
  • Kavanaugh and Judge both deny the allegations.

The big picture: This all comes as Washington gears up for a planned Thursday hearing featuring Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who first accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in the 1980s and alleges tbat Judge was in the room when it happened.

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The big picture: There's more to self-driving cars than just removing the steering wheel and pedals. The entire vehicle needs to be redesigned for riders, not drivers, so their safety can be assured even when they're not in control.

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Apple warned Wednesday that new antitrust legislation would place iPhone customers' privacy and security at risk by limiting the company's control over what apps users can install.

Driving the news: Apple CEO Tim Cook called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats to argue that the antitrust bills would hurt innovation and consumers, per a New York Times report.

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The small business boom

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Data: Census Bureau via John C. Haltiwanger of the University of Maryland; Chart: Axios Visuals

One of the most unexpected pandemic winners might just turn out to be new small businesses.

Why it matters: The number of entrepreneurs starting a business easily hit a record high in 2020, according to a new analysis by University of Maryland economist John Haltiwanger. That's a surprising result, given the severity of the crisis.