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On Politics: Kavanaugh’s Accuser Speaks

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Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has denied the accusations of sexual assault.CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York Times

The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago came forward in an interview with The Washington Post, saying the Supreme Court nominee pinned her on a bed and groped her when they were in high school. [Read the story]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been careful to not criticize President Trump outright. Pentagon officials said Mr. Mattis had bent over backward to appear loyal. But cracks are showing. [Read the story]

For seven years, Kim Jong-un has pursued an in-your-face strategy for building North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Now he appears to be changing his approach, current and former American intelligence officials say, tailoring it to his reading of one man: Mr. Trump. [Read the story]

Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, is forfeiting an estimated $22 million worth of real estate in New York — including three Manhattan apartments, a Brooklyn townhouse and a home in the Hamptons — as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. [Read the story]

While Hillary Clinton lost the state to Mr. Trump, female Democratic candidates in Michigan are trying to create a new playbook, one union voter at a time. [Read the story]

Despite record primary victories, it is possible that the number of women will decline or remain at status quo in Congress and in the governors’ offices. [Read the story]

A series of controversies over the summer has driven Mr. Trump’s approval rating below 40 percent and kept Republicans from being able to campaign on a message of economic success. [Read the story]

In his presidential run, Mr. Trump said his Republican primary opponents would cut older Americans’ benefits. In this year’s elections, he has directed the same attacks at Democrats. [Read the story]

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