☕️ Good Tuesday morning. 50 days until the 2020 campaign begins (the day after midterms!).
Situational awareness: "China said … it has no choice but to retaliate against new U.S. trade tariffs, raising the risk that President Trump could soon impose duties on virtually all of the Chinese goods that America buys," Reuters reports.
Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing on Sept. 4 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was asked privately yesterday about what past girlfriends would say about his conduct, as frenzied Republican officials prepared him for an epic hearing on Monday when he will rebut charges of a drunken sexual assault during high school.
A Republican source close to the process tells Jonathan Swan: "It blew up [on Sunday]. ... Now we've gone back toward reason and looking at facts. Psychologically, we feel a lot better about where we are."
A senior Republican official close to the process, who admitted aides are worried about the hearing, tells Swan: "This gives the judge the opportunity to clear his name. But there is no room for error from members on the committee."
Kavanaugh spent nine hours behind closed doors at the White House yesterday, according to CNN, calling senators and huddling with White House Counsel Don McGahn.
A source close to Trump, who remained uncharacteristically quiet about the fracas, said:
Swan's whip count: Folks involved in the process seem to be most worried about Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — even more so than Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), whom they're quite worried about.
Be smart: Because Ford told the Washington Post there are many details she doesn't remember, Republican officials don't expect new facts corroborating her account to emerge. Instead, they expect new scrutiny of her.
Anita Hill testifies in 1991. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
NBC's Andrea Mitchell tweeted last night that male senators' clueless questioning of Anita Hill during the 1991 confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas was the "most searing experience I ever had as a congressional correspondent."
On "NBC Nightly News," Mitchell said:
The big difference, the N.Y. Times' Peter Baker and Carl Hulse note:
Eight races will help determine if the "blue wave" will be strong enough to live up to the hype, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
Bob Richling carries Iris Darden yesterday as water from the Little River starts to seep into her home in Spring Lake, N.C.
Below, behold Conway, S.C. Florence's death toll is least 32, including 25 in North Carolina, with the others in South Carolina and Virginia.
Twitter is making it easier for users to see a full time-ordered list of messages from users they follow — the way the service worked at the start for everyone — writes Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
WIRED celebrates 25 years by naming 25 "icons of the digital revolution":
"At the end of the day, politics comes for you." That's a hard reality startups must face and embrace, Bradley Tusk, an ex-Mike Bloomberg campaign manager turned tech investor, tells Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
Out today ... Major Garrett, CBS News chief White House correspondent, releases "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride," which features a look at how The Federalist Society's Leonard Leo presented Trump with a list of potential Supreme Court nominees early in his term:
Yusaku Maezawa, 42, a Japanese billionaire, was announced by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk as the first-ever passenger for a commercial rocket trip around the moon, AP's Christopher Weber reports.
"Musk said the entrepreneur, founder of Japan's largest retail website [online fashion mall Zozotown] and one the country's richest people, will pay 'a lot of money' for the trip, but declined to disclose the exact amount."
"HBO, Netflix clean up ... Network, streaming giant each earn 23 awards. ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ are big winners," the L.A. Times' Meg James writes:
"When the Emmy nominations were announced in July, Netflix seemed the big winner, dethroning HBO, television’s long-reigning tastemaker, with 112 nominations compared to 108."