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September 28, 2018

Editors, News Directors:

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. This advisory will be updated throughout the day. For up-to-the-minute coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org for information. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477.

TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — Abruptly reversing course, President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans bow to Democrats’ demands for a renewed FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake balks at voting for Kavanaugh’s confirmation without a delay for the probe. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, videos.

SUPREME COURT-TRUMP — President Donald Trump said Friday he found the testimony by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago to be “very compelling,” but added that he’d given no consideration to the idea of nominating someone else. By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-POLITICS ON THE COURT — Brett Kavanaugh’s angry denunciation of Senate Democrats at his confirmation hearing could reinforce views of the Supreme Court as a political institution at a time of stark partisan division and when the court already is sharply split between liberals and conservatives. By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko. SENT: 839 words, photo.

KAVANAUGH-ME TOO’S FUTURE — Some skeptics of #MeToo activism hope Brett Kavanaugh’s angry denial of sexual assault allegations might help fuel a backlash against the broader movement. Advocates for victimized women say the movement is now too powerful to be derailed. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

THE REACTION:

SUPREME COURT-SCENES — Two women cornered Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol elevator moments after he announced he’d vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Through tears, the women implored the Republican to change his mind. By Colleen Long and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ANITA HILL — Anita Hill says one of the things that stood out to her from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing was how his emotional and angry testimony compared to the calm testimony of the woman accusing him of sexual assault. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 435 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SLIPPING SUPPORT — Educational, legal and religious institutions important to the life of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have come out with calls to either delay or outright cancel the confirmation process. By Ashraf Kalil. SENT: 690 words, photo.

MORE:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MEDIA — More than 20 million people watched the gripping testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault in the 1980s, Christine Blasey Ford, on six television networks. By David Bauder. SENT: 130 words, will be updated to 450 words by 6:30 p.m., photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-DRINKING AGE — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has readily acknowledged that he often drank beer during his prep school days and made a point in his congressional testimony that seniors could buy beer legally in Maryland at the age of 18. But Kavanaugh was never a legal drinker in that state when he was a high schooler. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 577 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-POLYGRAPHS — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh played down the importance and reliability of lie detector tests during his confirmation hearing. But he had a different tune just two years ago. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 327 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-HEITKAMP — Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota suggested Friday she may vote no on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, saying: “There are a lot of lawyers in America who can sit on the court.” By Sara Burnett. SENT: 400 words, photo.

PHOTOS:

AP has moved various images of the Senate Judiciary Committee, protests

Among the highlights in AP’s coverage:

DCPM114 — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa holds up a timer on a smartphone.

DCSA115 — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, talks to reporters.

DCPM113 — Democratic senators are seen inside the anteroom.

DCJM104 — Sen. Jeff Flake, R- Ariz., is questioned by reporters.

ORDR510 — Ali King, left, and Laura Noble wearing handmaiden outfits observe a moment of silence for sex abuse survivors.

VIDEO:

US KAVANAUGH -After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. Comprehensive edits expected including:

Justice Kennedy speaking out west - we are monitoring for any possible remarks re: Kavanaugh

Among the edits that have moved:

US SENATOR FLAKE CONFRONTED (CR) — ‘Look at me:’ Women confront Flake ahead of vote

US Senate Committee Decision (CR) —Republican Senators express support for FBI probe

US TRUMP KAVANAUGH (CR) —Trump: Senators must “do what they think is right”

US SENATE KAVANAUGH VOTE (CR) — GOP advances Kavanaugh after Flake calls for probe

US SENATE KAVANAUGH FLAKE (CR) — Flake: Delay Kavanaugh floor vote one week

US KAVANAUGH DELAY REACTION (CR) —Dems support Senator Flake’s call for FBI probe

US SCOTUS PROTESTERS (CR) — Protesters, Lawmakers on Supreme Court Steps

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