What we’re reading: A crazy day in Washington DC

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We’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got Rosenstein’s crazy day, more about the allegations against Kavanaugh, and the Cuban president’s visit to the U.S.

Rosenstein and Trump to meet Thursday

Just hours after Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, considered resigning, it was announced that he would meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday.

They will discuss the reports made Friday by Rosenstein about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the press secretary.

According to the New York Times, Rosenstein is still employed at the Justice Department and, for the time being, still heading up the Russia investigation.

Committee sets Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony for Thursday

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, about an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to CNBC.

“Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” said Ford’s lawyers in a statement.

There will not be an FBI investigation into the accusations.

Kavanaugh faces second allegation of sexual misconduct

Another former classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has come forward in an article for the New Yorker.

According to USA Today, the allegation was made by Deborah Ramirez. Ramirez claims the sexual misconduct took place 35 years ago during her and Kavanaugh’s first year at Yale University.

Republicans prospects for midterms look bleak in new poll

There are six weeks before people head to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections.

This weekend a NBC-Wall Street Journal poll has Democrats 12 points above the Republicans. The margin of error is 3.27 percent.

The survey, which polled 900 registered voters from Sept. 16-19, supports Democratic claims of a “blue wave,” with Republican incumbents only holding on to single digit leads.

Part of the cause behinds the Republicans’ sliding numbers is the loss of support from college graduates and non-college educated white women when compared to 2014, according to CNBC.

The poll also saw a slight rise in Democratic support from independents, but also noted a lack if excitement from Hispanics and voters under 35.

Trump’s tariffs hurting GOP voters

As President Trump continues his economic war with China, a second round of tariffs on Chinese imports began today.

According to Politico, the tariffs on Chinese imports will start at 10 percent and will rise to 25 percent if the Chinese government doesn’t agree with the White House’s demands. Trump has also threatened to increase the tariffs of nearly every Chinese imports.

Economists have said that the current tariffs will impact the lower and middle-class, some of Trump’s staunchest supporters.

Cuba’s new president makes first visit to U.S. since the Cold War

Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has arrived in New York to speak out against the U.S. trade embargo in front of the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday.

According to Reuters, this will be the 27th time that Cuba has presented the resolution. It urges the U.S. to repeal the 50 year embargo.

Diaz-Canel took over the Cuban presidency in April from his mentor Raul Castro, brother of former Cuban president Fidel Castro.

That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more.