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Brett Kavanaugh emails raise new questions
• The leak of previously secret documents on Thursday injected fresh intrigue into the confirmation hearings of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as Democrats pressed the judge to explain his comments on abortion rights and affirmative action. In one email from 2003, he appeared to challenge whether Roe v. Wade was the “settled law of the land.”
On Thursday, Judge Kavanaugh said that the comment reflected “an accurate description of all legal scholars.” Republicans, who continue to support his appointment to the Supreme Court, discarded the revelations as insignificant.
• The confirmation process has been like a campaign audition for Democrats eyeing a 2020 presidential run.
A parade of denials over anonymous Op-Ed
• One by one, top officials lined up on Thursday to say they had nothing to do with the unsigned essay in The Times that was sharply critical of President Trump.
The White House started a furious mole hunt. The public played an obsessive guessing game.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, directed her Twitter followers to call the main switchboard of The Times to ask who wrote the piece. (We’re always happy to hear from readers, but our operators don’t know the author’s identity, nor was it shared with news reporters covering the White House.)
Here’s how writers from the left and the right have reacted to the Op-Ed. And we explain the 25th Amendment, a mechanism to declare a president unfit for office that the essay said had been considered.
• Mr. Trump sought to regain control of the political conversation at a rally Thursday night in Montana, where he looked at home in front of a jubilant audience.
More scrutiny of priests in U.S.
• With Roman Catholics clamoring for more transparency, attorneys general are aggressively investigating possible sexual abuse by clergy members.
On Thursday alone, all eight Catholic dioceses in New York were issued subpoenas, and the New Jersey attorney general announced an inquiry.
“I was deeply troubled to read the allegations contained in last month’s Pennsylvania grand jury report,” the attorney general said in a statement. “We owe it to the people of New Jersey to find out whether the same thing happened here.”
• Attorneys general in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and New Mexico have also said they will look into their local institutions.
Burt Reynolds dies at 82
• With one hairy-chested centerfold for Cosmopolitan in 1972, the heartthrob actor broke taboos and changed cultural understandings of the female gaze.
Mr. Reynolds, who delighted audiences for four decades, died on Thursday at 82. To many in Hollywood, he was an enigma, both strong-willed and tormented by self-doubt.
“I think I’m the only movie star who’s a movie star in spite of his pictures, not because of them; I’ve had some real turkeys,” he told The Times in 1978.
• That steamy centerfold? He came to regret it. “It was really stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking,” he said in 2016.
• The U.S. will release August job numbers at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Here’s what to watch for.
• North Korean hackers caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the global economy, the Justice Department said in a criminal complaint on Thursday.
• Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS who has been accused of sexual harassment, is said to be negotiating his exit.
• President Trump’s tweets have done little lasting harm to the businesses he attacks, as their stocks typically recover.
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• Recipe of the day: This buttery tart with a fruit filling is based on a gâteau Breton.
• The road to tragedy
The Times reconstructed how a bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, in August, a disaster that killed 43 people.
• There won’t be a “Popular” Oscar category after all
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scrapped its unpopular plan to add the award.
• At the U.S. Open
Naomi Osaka, the No. 20 seed from Japan, will play Serena Williams in the women’s final on Saturday. Rafael Nadal faces Juan Martín del Potro in the semifinals today, and Novak Djokovic plays Kei Nishikori.
Follow all of our tennis coverage here.
• The week in good news
A tablet designed for visually impaired people could have an enormous impact. It’s one of seven stories that inspired us.
• No news quiz this week
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• Ready for the weekend
• Best of late-night TV
Seth Meyers poked fun at President Trump’s response to the anonymous Op-Ed: “Trump tweeted, quote, ‘TREASON?’ Even weirder, Mike Pence tweeted back, ‘Sure! Let’s do it!’ ”
• Quotation of the day
“If you lose one stay, the whole thing comes down.”
Andrew Herrmann, a former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, describing risks in the design of the collapsed bridge in Genoa.
• The Times, in other words
• What we’re reading
Michael Roston, a senior staff editor on the Science desk, recommends this podcast episode: “Rose Eveleth’s recounting of American researchers living on the ocean floor is fascinating. If that’s not enough of an inducement to listen to her Flash Forward podcast, wait until you hear the recordings she surfaced of the ‘aquanauts,’ breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen, trying to call President Lyndon B. Johnson.”
[Editor’s note: We know that’s listening, not reading. But we’re stuck trying to come up with a better label than “What We’re Reading.” Got one? Let us know.]
“Grandma Moses,” the acclaimed American painter who became a prototype for late bloomers, was born on this day in 1860.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, an upstate New York farm wife, began painting seriously in her 70s. She was discovered by a collector who saw her colorful, precise paintings of rural scenes in a drugstore window.
After her first show, she was seized on by the press, who loved her countrified ways. An early reviewer nicknamed her “Grandma Moses.”
The Times highlighted her folksiness when she visited Manhattan in 1940: “Modest ‘Grandma Moses’ declared, ‘If they want to make a fuss over me, I guess I don’t mind.’”
But Moses was no naïf. A believer in women’s autonomy, she said in her autobiography: “Always wanted to be independent. I couldn’t bear the thought of sitting down and Thomas,” her husband, “handing out the money.”
And her “primitive” painting style was carefully conceived: “I like to paint something that leads me on and on in to the unknown something that I want to see away on beyond,” she wrote.
“All Americans mourn her loss,” President John F. Kennedy said.
Nancy Wartik wrote today’s Back Story.
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