🍁 Good Tuesday morning, and welcome back.
Situational awareness: CNN's Stephen Collinson points out that the four-day Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh — which begins at 9:30 a.m. today, just 63 days before midterms — is the start of a "critical period that might lay the foundations for the nation's ideological course for years and even decades."
- And remember that Kavanaugh could help decide the fate of Bob Mueller's probe if he winds up in a constitutional confrontation with the White House. (Bloomberg)
Breaking from WashPost: "Two months ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats hold a clear advantage over Republicans in congressional vote support, with antipathy toward President Trump fueling Democratic enthusiasm, ... a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds."