1/ The Trump administration is unable to account for nearly 1,500 additional migrant children who were placed with sponsors after leaving federal shelters. The revelation comes months after a similar admission in April by the Department of Health and Human Services that the government lost track of 1,475 migrant children who were moved out of shelters last year. Since 2016, HHS officials have called sponsors to check on children 30 days after they are placed, but the department has said it can not be held legally responsible for children after they are released from government custody. (New York Times)

2/ Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh before senators hold a hearing on the allegations. Dr. Blasey's attorneys sent a letter to the FBI arguing that "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions." Blasey has not confirmed whether she will attend a public hearing on Monday about her allegations against Kavanaugh. (Washington Post / New York Times)

  • Dr. Blasey's letter to the FBI also says that she has "been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats" and has been forced to leave her home. (CNN / Washington Post)

  • Kavanaugh in 2015: "What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep." Kavanaugh made the remarks during a speech he gave in 2015 at Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. (Politico)

  • George W. Bush reaffirmed his support for Kavanaugh: "Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated." (Politico)

  • Dr. Blasey has been the target of widespread disinformation on social media since coming forward with her allegations against Kavanaugh. Here are five of the most visible false and misleading claims about her. (New York Times)

  • One of Dr. Blasey's former classmates wrote a Facebook post saying she remembers hearing about the alleged assault by Kavanaugh. Cristina Miranda King says she has no first-hand information to corroborate Blasey's claims. "I did not know her personally but I remember her," King wrote. "This incident did happen." King has since taken down her post "because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews." She added: "Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. Thanks for reading." (NBC News / Law & Crime)

3/ Sen. Chuck Grassley canceled a meeting where members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were expected to vote to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation. The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday morning, and a new date has not been announced. (CNBC / Time)

4/ The FBI and DOJ are expected to defy Trump's order to declassify and release unredacted versions of Carter Page's FISA warrant and text messages sent by agency officials, including former FBI director James Comey. The agencies are expected to submit their documents and propose redactions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which will package the materials and send them to the White House for approval and release. Doing so would put the agencies in direct conflict with Trump, who has the power to override them and declassify the materials on his own. Some of what Trump requested was already under review for potential declassification. (Bloomberg / Daily Beast)

  • Trump said that exposing the corrupt Russian investigation could become one of the "crowning achievements" of his presidency. "I hope to be able put this up as one of my crowning achievements that I was able to … expose something that is truly a cancer in our country." (The Hill)

5/ A new federal court ruling requires political nonprofits to disclose many of their political donors. The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to intervene and grant an emergency request to stay a ruling by a federal judge in Washington. The federal judge threw out a decades-old FEC regulation allowing nonprofits to keep their donors hidden unless the donations were earmarked for specific purposes. (Washington Post / NPR)

poll/ A growing number of Americans don't want Kavanaugh to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Thirty-six percent of adults surveyed said they oppose Trump's nominee, up 6 points from a similar poll from last month. Only 31 percent said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment. (Reuters/Ipsos)


Notables.

  1. Transportation Secretary Ellen Chao flew on Federal Aviation Administration planes instead of commercial flights on seven occasions between January and August 2017, costing taxpayers a total of $93,977.84. Newly released records show that one of the flights to and around Europe by Chao and her five staffers cost an estimated $68,892. (Politico)

  2. A senior FEMA official has been suspended without pay in connection with a DHS inspector general investigation into the improper use of government vehicles by FEMA administrator Brock Long. John Vetch was informed of his suspension last Friday, just as FEMA was coordinating the response to Hurricane Florence. (Politico)

  3. Trump again lashed out at Jeff Sessions during an interview on Tuesday. He criticized Sessions on a wide range of issues, including immigration issues and his decision in 2017 to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. "I don’t have an attorney general," Trump said. "It’s very sad." (The Hill)

  4. Kim Jong Un told South Korea's president on Wednesday that he would commit to taking some concrete steps toward denuclearization, but stopped short of promising to completely relinquish his nuclear weapons. Kim's offer includes a promise to "permanently dismantle" facilities that are central to fuel production for North Korea's nuclear arsenal. (New York Times)

  5. Stormy Daniels says in her new book that Trump's penis looks like Toad from Mario Kart. "I lay there," Daniels writes, "annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart… It may have been the least impressive sex I’d ever had, but clearly, he didn’t share that opinion.” (Daily Beast / The Guardian)