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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh answers questions during the second day of his confirmation hearings.

The Washington Post reports that more than 1,200 law professors have signed a letter saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial restraint at a Senate hearing last week — behavior that would be disqualifying for any court nominee.

At the hearing, he vehemently defended himself against accusations of sexual assault and derided what he called “a calculated and orchestrated political hit.” The Post says signatories included Martha Minow — the former dean of Harvard Law School, where Kavanaugh taught a popular course — and some scholars who previously supported Kavanaugh.

On the other side are some of Kavanaugh’s lifelong female friends who spoke the National Review and defended his character.

The White House, meanwhile, has found has found no corroboration of the allegations against Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Pence to signal tougher line on China: The New York Times writes Vice President Mike Pence will signal a far tougher American line on China on Thursday, delivering a speech in which he is expected to accuse the Chinese of aggressive moves against U.S. warships, of predatory behavior against their neighbors, and of a sophisticated influence campaign to tilt the midterms and 2020 elections against President Donald Trump. “To put it bluntly, President Trump’s leadership is working,” Pence is to say, according to excerpts from his speech provided on Wednesday night. “China wants a different American president.” Last week, Trump accused China of meddling in the midterm elections, saying it was retaliation for his imposition of tariffs.

China ambassador on trade: China’s ambassador to the U.S. tells NPR his country is “ready to make a deal” to end a trade war with the U.S. — if they could find a trustworthy partner in Washington. Cui Tiankai accused the Trump administration of shifting positions and passing up opportunities for agreement. “We are ready to make some compromise,” he said, but in recent negotiations “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time, so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Also see: Tariffs for the 1%: Fur coats, fancy handbags and other luxury goods hit by trade war with China.

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