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President Trump during a news conference Tuesday said he feels “terribly” for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee who could face off in a high-stakes hearing next week with a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. “I feel so badly that he’s going through this,” Trump said at the White House. “This is not a man who deserves this.” Trump called Kavanaugh “a great gentleman” and lamented that his wife and daughters are experiencing the public airing of accusations that Trump said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) should have brought up earlier in his confirmation process. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committe, has said she kept the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, private at Ford’s insistence until her name leaked out. At the same time, Trump said he believes the Senate should proceed with a hearing on Ford’s accusations at which she will be allowed to “state her case” and that there would be no doubt about Kavanaugh’s innocence.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Tuesday outlined a plan to limit testimony at next week’s hearing on a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford — which brought cries of protest from Democrats. They insisted that other witnesses also be called, including Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford said witnessed the assault. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said it was “impossible to take this process seriously,” noting that 22 witnesses appeared at the hearing in 1991, when law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. “What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge?” Feinstein said in a statement. “What about individuals who were previously told about this incident? What about experts who can speak to the effects of this kind of trauma on a victim? This is another attempt by Republicans to rush this nomination and not fully vet Judge Kavanaugh.” Speaking to reporters later, Grassley (pictured above) defended his plan. “We’ve had two people that want to tell their story and that’s what we’re gonna do,” he said. Pressed about the precedent of the Hill hearing, Grassley said: “You’re talking about history. We’re not looking back. We’re looking forward.” (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Director Glenn Weiss stole the show at Monday night's Emmy Awards when he proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen during his acceptance speech for best directing ABC’s “The Oscars.” "You know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife," Weiss said, looking at Svendsen, who was seated in the audience. Svendsen then rose, her eyes filled with tears and walked up to the stage. When she got there, he told her, “This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago ... I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above,” he said before dropping to one knee. (Via NBC)

Throughout the weekend, Dazia Lee, 20, watched as the staggering force of Hurricane Florence ripped through the region, killing people and unleashing devastating rains, winds and floods. But by Sunday evening, that all seemed over to her. It was barely raining in her neighborhood in northeast Charlotte, where she lived with her parents and son, and she was due to visit her grandmother. So she buckled her 1-year-old Kaiden in the back of her car, and went through the routine she always performed to make sure he was safe and comfortable. When she initially pulled out of her neighborhood everything seemed fine. But before long, she came upon several orange barrels along the highway. They didn’t exactly block the road, but they were on either side of it. The news had said that some of the roads could be dangerous — “unprecedented,” but everything until now had been fine. Thinking it over, she saw several cars heading in the opposite direction. They drove through the barrels and past her. It must be fine if they’d made it through, she thought. So, she drove between the barrels, down the hill and around a curve. That was when she heard the rush of water. The car hit the water and started to hydroplane. It spun around several times, banked to the left, its tires lifting off the road. For a moment, Lee couldn’t think — her only feeling was fear. As water rushed in the car, she was eventually able to release her seat belt and started to climb out, carrying Kaiden. She'd been holding him to her chest as tree branches were in her face, her mouth was filling with water and she couldn’t see a thing. But now she was only holding onto his forearm. The waters whooshed by with surprising force, pulling him away. She had his wrist. Then his hand. Then his fingers. Then he was gone. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photos by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Glenn Weiss on Monday took home the Emmy award for directing ABC’s “The Oscars,” but that’s not what most people will remember, because he quickly dove into deeply personal territory in his speech. “I’m really grateful to be here. But it’s bittersweet,” he said, tearing up. “The person that would be most proud at this moment would be my mom, and she passed away just two weeks ago. Part of my heart is broken, and I don’t think it will ever be repaired. But she’s in me.” Weiss added that his mother always suggested that he hold onto sunshine. And that’s when he shocked everyone in the room by directly addressing his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, who was sitting in the audience. “Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and Mom was right [when she said], ‘Don’t ever let go of my sunshine,'" he said. "You know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.” Svendsen then rose, her eyes filled with tears and walked up to the stage. When she got there, he told her, “This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago ... I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above,” he said before dropping to one knee. Then the audience exploded as he said the four words that might define this year's Emmys. “Will you marry me?” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

On Monday, President Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school. Trump praised him as “one of the finest people," and signaled that he supports a proposed hearing on the allegations. “We want to go through a full process . . . and hear everybody out,” Trump told reporters at an event on workforce development. He called Kavanaugh “somebody very special,” who “never even had a little blemish on his record.” And he criticized Democrats, who he said should have “done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months.” He added: "If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay. It will, I’m sure, work out very well.” Trump’s comments marked his first public response after The Washington Post reported Sunday on the accusation against Kavanaugh.

The more than 30 inches of rain brought to the southeast by Hurricane Florence will linger for days in the region’s rivers. Five dozen river locations were in flood stage Monday morning, 18 of which were in major flooding, which is typically characterized by catastrophic property inundation and evacuations. Several rivers are forecast to break records set during hurricanes Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016. Videos from the region showed homes and businesses inundated with murky brown water laden with debris and rivers so high they threatened to overtop the bridges that spanned their banks. (Drone footage via @jribas)

Demonstrators, including some who rolled empty coffins, marched outside the Dallas Cowboys' stadium ahead of their game against the New York Giants Sunday night to protest recent fatal police shootings. The protesters demanded that Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who fatally shot Botham Jean in his own home, be fired and charged with murder instead of manslaughter for Jean’s death. Guyger says she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment, thinking it was her's, shouted commands she said were ignored, and pulled the trigger, killing her neighbor. But family members of Jean, 26, have heavily disputed the officer's account of the shooting. Dallas civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt, who represents Jean's family, said the officer's claim that she had mistakenly entered the wrong apartment after coming home from a shift is inconsistent with evidence. “There are witnesses who said that before the gunshots, they heard the officer knocking at the door and repeatedly saying, ‘Let me in,’ ” Merritt told The Washington Post last week. The protest outside AT&T Stadium Sunday was the latest of a number that have been organized since Jean’s death. There also have been demonstrations outside the Dallas police headquarters and at a City Council meeting. (Photos by Ryan Michalesko/The Dallas Morning News; Brandon Wade/AP Photo)

These panicked dogs that were left caged by an owner who fled rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence were rescued by volunteer rescuer Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, in Leland, North Carolina on Sunday. As they were released, they swam free as waters continued to rise. The storm continues to inch across the Carolinas, spurring a widespread emergency across all of North Carolina, from the ocean east to mountain west. Floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and could spur life-threatening landslides as the storm’s remnants move west. (Photos by Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

A severe typhoon made landfall Sunday in southern China, inundating millions in densely populated coastal cities with heavy rain, after ripping through Hong Kong and leaving at least 64 dead in the northern Philippines. Hong Kong authorities were surveying the extent of Typhoon Mangkhut’s damage to the city as winds of up to 120 mph shook buildings, caused storm surges and felled trees across roads and pavements. Buildings swayed as sustained winds of about 96 miles per hour continued to slam against them. Though rains had died down by Sunday evening, gusts were still blowing through the city. Roads were littered with fallen trees, making some completely impassable, and glass glistened along the sidewalks. Hong Kong authorities say 284 people had sought treatment for typhoon-related injuries at hospitals. In this photo, damaged windows of the One Harbourfront office tower are seen following the typhoon in Hong Kong. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)

A Corvette sits damaged after a large tree fell on it as Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina. At least 15 people have now died as a result of Florence, which slammed into the Carolinas on Friday. Though the storm has been downgraded to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service warned of a “catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding risk” in much of North Carolina, northern South Carolina and southwest Virginia on Sunday. The floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and, toward the mountains of western North Carolina, could spur life-threatening landslides. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #hurricaneflorence #florence

In a story exclusive to The Washington Post, the writer of the confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter alleging that he sexually assaulted her when they were high school is speaking publicly for the first time. Christine Blasey Ford alleges that one summer in the 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” she says — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland. Ford said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she alleges, he put his hand over her mouth. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” On Sunday, the White House sent The Post a statement Kavanaugh issued last week, again denying Ford’s account: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.” Through a White House spokesman, Kavanaugh declined to comment further on the allegation and did not respond to questions about whether he knew her during high school. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

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