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September 21, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is denying a report in The New York Times that he suggested last year that he secretly record President Donald Trump in the White House to expose chaos in the administration. Rosenstein says the story is “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins says she’s “appalled” by President Donald Trump’s tweet challenging Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser by name. Earlier Friday, Trump had abruptly abandoned his restraint and said if the attack had been that “bad” then she would have filed charges. Collins, a key Republican vote in the narrowly divided Senate, said in Portland, Maine: “I was appalled by the president’s tweet.”

NEW YORK (AP) — She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it’s possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who says he pinned her down and groped her when they were teenagers believe what they say.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Evacuations are continuing in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Rescuers used helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles to evacuate about 100 people Friday from a southeastern North Carolina county where high water breached a levee and flooded a town.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evangelical activists say Republican leaders need to act more forcefully to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s nomination is a key issue for faith leaders and activists who are gathering at the annual Values Voter summit in Washington. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, the organizer of the conference, says Republicans need to move “more aggressively.” Perkins added the Senate has been “very accommodating” to Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford.

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