5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Kavanaugh denounces sexual assault allegations as 'character assassination'

  • Trump, Rosenstein to meet Thursday amid rumors of ouster

  • Trump says allegations against Kavanaugh are 'totally political'

  • Florence death toll hits 44 as flooding continues

  • NBA teams show off superstar acquisitions at 2018 Media Day

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday wrote a letter calling the sexual assault allegations against him "false," "uncorroborated," and "grotesque." In the letter, written to the Senate Judiciary Committee's top lawmakers, Kavanaugh denied new allegations from Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker on Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during their freshman year at Yale University. Kavanaugh said he would "not be intimidated into withdrawing," and said the allegations were a "coordinated effort" and "obvious character assassination." He also reiterated his denial of the wrongdoing alleged by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh forcibly groped her while they were in high school. Kavanaugh and Ford will testify Thursday about Ford's allegations before the committee.

Source: Bloomberg, The Week

Rumors swirled Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was leaving his position, but the White House disputed that Rosenstein would be departing imminently. Over the weekend, Rosenstein had discussed resigning, CNN reported. On Monday, he attended a previously scheduled meeting at the White House and then spoke on the phone with President Trump, who is in New York for a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that at Rosenstein's request, the two men "had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories," presumably including the New York Times report that Rosenstein wanted to invoke the 25th Amendment, which Rosenstein denies. Trump and Rosenstein will meet Thursday in Washington, D.C., per Sanders.

Source: Axios, CNN

President Trump said Monday that the two sexual assault allegations facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are "highly unsubstantiated" and "totally political." On Sunday, Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of thrusting his penis into her face at a party while both were students at Yale University; last week, Christine Ford alleged that Kavanaugh forcibly groped her at a high school party. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations. While speaking to reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Trump said that he's still behind Kavanaugh "all the way," calling the nominee a "fine man with an unblemished past" and arguing that what is happening to him is "unfair" and "unjust."

Source: CNN

At least 44 people have died since Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas more than a week ago, and though the catastrophic rains have finally ceased, flooding continues to hit North Carolina especially hard. Some rivers are still rising; tens of thousands remain without power; and many roads are still submerged or covered in debris. "I know we sound redundant, but it bears repeating," tweeted South Carolina's emergency management department. "Turn around, don't drown!" Floodwaters have receded from Interstate 40, leaving behind a glut of dead fish.

Source: Fox News, CNN

Almost every NBA team is holding its annual Media Day on Monday, with many of the league's biggest stars showing off new threads. All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard made his first appearance as a member of the Toronto Raptors after an acrimonious breakup with the San Antonio Spurs back in July, saying, "I want to play here," amid rumors that he will depart the franchise when his contract expires next summer. Meanwhile, LeBron James made his debut as a Los Angeles Laker, downplaying championship pressures while donning the purple and gold. Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony suited up in his Houston Rockets jersey for the first time, while longtime Spurs point guard Tony Parker took his first photos as a Charlotte Hornet.

Source: USA Today, Sports Illustrated
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