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September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a dramatic day of testimony looming, protesters are gathering around the U.S. Capitol building. Organizers behind the Women’s March plan a “direct action” Thursday morning in the Hart Senate Office Building in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who will testify that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her during a drunken high school party. Elsewhere, a coalition of conservative women’s groups is planning an “I stand with Brett” rally near the Russell Senate Office Building.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledges that past allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him color his views on similar charges against other men, including Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. More than a dozen women came forward during the 2016 campaign, claiming they were assaulted, groped or kissed without consent by Trump. Trump said Wednesday that he’d been accused - falsely - by “four or five women.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general. Trump is scheduled to meet Thursday with the Justice Department’s No. 2 official following reports Rosenstein had discussed possibly secretly recording Trump and using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove him from office. The president says Rosenstein told him that he did not say that, and Trump says he may delay their meeting because of the Senate hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian leaders are preparing to take center stage within an hour of each other at the U.N. General Assembly. Their speeches come a day after Donald Trump suggested for the first time as U.S. president that he “liked” a two-state solution as the most effective way to resolve their conflict.

DETROIT (AP) — From Ford to Walmart to Procter & Gamble, a growing number of iconic American companies are warning that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on U.S. imports are raising their costs and prices. Ford warned that Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are costing it $1 billion and threatening to ignite price increases across the auto industry. Likewise, Walmart has told the administration that Trump’s taxes on $200 billion of Chinese imports could raise consumer prices.

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