What We’re Following
No Precedent: New sexual-misconduct accusations have surfaced against Brett Kavanaugh just before he’s expected to take the witness stand at Thursday’s hearings, following his first accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. Kavanaugh’s and Ford’s prepared statements are available here and here. From another angle: a brief list of parenting tips “to protect your kid’s Supreme Court nomination,” from James Hamblin.
Press On: In a meandering, self-contradictory press conference—the second of his presidency—Donald Trump acknowledged that the sexual-misconduct allegations against him influenced his opinion on the claims against his nominee, weakly defended Kavanaugh, said that “the Democrats would vote against” George Washington, and called a reporter “Mr. Kurd.” Here are some of the most astonishing exchanges from Wednesday. He’s also snubbing Canada.
Body Cameras: A cloud-storage and video-imaging company is proposing cameras that would automatically activate in response to “triggering events,” such as a car crash or a gun being pulled. The patent for these devices describes how police officers wearing the camera can scan a crowd for faces, running that against a database of wanted people. But what about the expectation of privacy in public spaces?