Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, Donald Trump: 5 things Thursday

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Published 12:33 AM EDT Sep 27, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, Donald Trump: 5 things Thursday

Kavanaugh showdown set

In what's sure to be a historic day in Washington and beyond, lawmakers and the American public will hear Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first of multiple women who have accused the judge of sexual misconduct. A college professor, Ford alleges Kavanaugh pinned and groped her and tried to pull off her clothes in 1982 while both were in high school. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied Ford's accusation, as well as other women's claims of sexual assault and harassment and of facilitating gang rapes. President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh for the nation's highest court and has defended him amid the allegations, said he'll be watching the hearing and that it's possible he could change his mind on Kavanaugh. 

  • Here's how to watch the 10 a.m. ET hearing
  • Read Christine Blasey Ford's testimony: 'I believed he was going to rape me'
  • Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault hearing represents a turning point for Supreme Court and #MeToo movement
  • How the hearing could inspire more women to vote and seek elected office

Rosenstein watch: Meeting with Trump may have to wait

The future of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation appeared to hang in the balance earlier this week amid reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could exit the Justice Department. But President Trump said at a news conference Wednesday he would "much prefer keeping" him. Trump was slated to meet with Rosenstein Thursday after reports the deputy AG talked about considering secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to seek the president's removal. Trump said that Rosenstein assured him the reports weren't true and that he may delay the meeting in order to not distract from the hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

South Carolina city still feeling Florence's wrath

The South Carolina port city of Georgetown is bracing for more floodwaters Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The colonial-era seaport town of 9,000 is particularly vulnerable at the junction where waters from five rivers pour into the sea. The latest forecast, however, offered a glimmer of hope. Georgetown County officials said the river flow had slowed and the worst of the flooding is now expected to come later this week and likely will be in the 2- to 4-foot range, instead of 10. "That is still above Hurricane Matthew levels, and is very significant and can do a lot of damage," county officials said on Twitter. 

NFL game features a first: All-female broadcast team

Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm will make broadcasting history in Thursday's game between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings: They'll be the first female pair to call an NFL game. Amazon Prime, which is streaming the Rams-Vikings game as well as 10 others this season, will offer Kremer and Storm's commentary as one of four options for viewers along with Fox's standard team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, a Spanish broadcasting team and a team from the United Kingdom. Kremer, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, currently works for NFL Network and HBO Sports. Storm is an anchor for ESPN's "SportsCenter" and other programs.

Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, Donald Trump: 5 things Thursday

Amazon store opens in NYC

Call it a general store for the Tech Age. In another foray into the brick and mortar world, Amazon on Thursday is set to open a general merchandise store in New York City. The SoHo space will offer mostly new and trending items on the company’s website, items which have four or five star reviews or which are top sellers. It will also sell Amazon devices that run its smart assistant Alexa, as well as accessories that work with Alexa. The store joins Amazon's 17 bookstores nationwide, four Amazon Go cashier-free convenience stores, two Amazon Fresh grocery pickup and store sites, dozens of Amazon Pop-Up stores in malls and more than 470 Whole Foods grocery stores.

Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, Donald Trump: 5 things Thursday

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