Published 7:28 p.m. UTC Sep 6, 2018
Trump travels to Montana amid Woodward book, NYT op-ed essay
Under fire from a new book by journalist Bob Woodward and a "New York Times" op-ed essay from a senior administration official, President Donald Trump on Thursday heads to Montana — a state that voted strongly for him in the 2016 election. Trump will attend a rally in Billings in support of Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, the Trump campaign said. The trip comes two days after publication of excerpts from Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House," which portrays Trump as angry and paranoid, with top aides routinely hiding his papers in hopes of stalling rash action by the president. A day later, Trump responded to the anonymous op-ed — which attacked his leadership — and criticized the New York Times for publishing it.
NFL regular season takes flight with Eagles, Falcons
The NFL regular season officially begins Thursday as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). The Eagles this week answered the big question lingering from the off-season: Nick Foles will start at quarterback, with regular starter Carson Wentz still recovering from torn knee ligaments. Fans will be curious to see the impact of new rules governing the use of the helmet in making a hit. But the bigger story may be what takes place off the field if there are player protests during the national anthem. And Nike plans to air its controversial "Just Do It" ad featuring Colin Kaepernick – which has already been condemned by President Donald Trump – during the game. Get set for the season with our power rankings for all 32 teams, and eight questions for Week 1.
Kavanaugh returns for last round of questioning
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will return to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, a day after he answered senators' questions on high-profile issues ranging from abortion to gun control to presidential power. Kavanaugh, an appeals court judge nominated for the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump, refused to say whether a president must respond to a subpoena, a question that could come before the Supreme Court based on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Protests and outbursts, which resulted in 70 arrests Tuesday, occurred for a second straight day which prompted police to temporarily close off the hearing from additional spectators at one point, leaving some seats empty.
Britain takes nerve-agent poisoning case to the U.N.
British officials are set to present evidence Thursday on the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter to the United Nations Security Council. Officials on Wednesday said they charged two suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with using the nerve agent Novichok on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury last March. Prime Minister Theresa May told British lawmakers the two suspects were Russian military intelligence agents. The Skripals were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but survived. Moscow has denied any involvement in the case.
Powerful quake in northern Japan triggers landslides, blackout
A powerful earthquake rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides that crushed homes, knocking out power and forcing a nuclear power plant to switch to a backup generator. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern Hokkaido at the depth of 24 miles, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The quake came on the heels of a typhoon that wreaked havoc in western Japan, leaving the main airport near Osaka and Kobe closed after a tanker rammed a bridge connecting the facility to the mainland. According to officials, at least two people have been confirmed dead after the quake hit the region.
Contributing: Associated Press