Good Tuesday morning.
Flash: Thai navy SEALS say ninth boy has been rescued from cave. (AP)
Situational awareness: "A federal judge in Los Angeles dealt the Trump administration a significant blow ... by rejecting its attempt to indefinitely detain immigrant children caught crossing the border illegally with their parents." (L.A. Times)
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
President Trump wanted a walk-off home-run win with his Supreme Court pick:
Why it matters:
Why voting matters: Remember that a shift of fewer than 80,000 votes in three states (Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) would have made Hillary Clinton president.
Trump secretly settled on Kavanaugh because the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge, who lives seven miles from the White House, is "in Washington, but not of Washington."
Trump aides had advised him from the beginning that Kavanaugh was perhaps the most certainly confirmable option on his shortlist:
This quote says it all ... A source close to Trump told me: "For an anti-elitist, he is a hardcore credentialist."
Be smart ... N.Y. Times columnist Ross Douthat, a Catholic and abortion opponent, captures the dynamic behind last night's prime-time selection show:
Brett Kavanaugh would have the second most conservative score (0.693) on the bench if confirmed, next to Justice Clarence Thomas (0.725), per a measure that scores judges on a liberal-conservative spectrum.
The biggest criticism in the early coverage ... N.Y. Times' Adam Liptak:
When President Trump unveiled his pick in the East Room last night, Judge Kavanaugh's remarks showed both his appeal to the president, and why his confirmation will be difficult to derail:
Sergio Montana, 3, originally from Mexico, receives citizenship papers at a celebration for young people held in L.A. yesterday by Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
"When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities," the N.Y. Times' Natasha Singer writes:
"High violent crime exposure fuels health risks, study finds" — Chicago Tribune:
During a phone call with Vladimir Putin in March, the N.Y. Times reports in a walk-up story to tomorrow's NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump (who leaves for Europe with the First Lady this morning) "described as 'stupid people' the unnamed Trump administration officials whom the Russian president said had tried to prevent the call from happening."
First look ... For the second year in a row, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will convene world leaders and CEOs for a Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, on Sept. 26 during the United Nations General Assembly. Per a release:
Mayor Bloomberg: “The Forum comes at a critical time as tensions around tariffs create economic uncertainty in many industries."
"$100-million project is aimed at reducing traffic," per L.A. Times' Ryan Faughnder:
"The ... Hollywood Skyway ... would cost the studio an estimated $100 million":
"The purpose, the AT&T- owned entertainment company said, is to give selfie-seeking visitors a way to see the famed letters without driving and hiking through residential neighborhoods, such as Beachwood Canyon."
Apple opened its App Store on July 10, 2008, with 500 apps.
The resulting explosion of phone apps — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of people around the world, AP Tech Writer Michael Liedtke writes:
The app economy/tsunami:
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