Top 5 Agenda Free Weekly News Update

The Top 5 consists of the top five things happening right now in politics.

1 BIG THING: The Kavanaugh Situation

U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is in hot water after Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her at a party in 1982 — when he was 17 and she was 15. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations, saying, "I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity." Ford said she is also willing to testify at the Senate.

2 All-Out Trade War

Trump escalated the trade war with China by imposing 10% tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports. He then warned that if China takes retaliatory action against U.S. farmers or industries, "we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports." China has hit back by slapping tariffs on an additional $60 billion worth of U.S. imports.

3 Hurricane Florence Aftermath

At least 37 people died after Hurricane Florence swept through the Carolinas. State officials reported that 91 counties declared a state of emergency during Hurricane Florence. Damage to both residential and commercial properties due to rainfall or flooding could run up to $3 to $5 billion. Farms in North Carolina lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs.

4 Ted and Beto

The smackdown between Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke has gotten a lot of coverage. The two are portrayed as polar opposites, especially in their stance on "the wall" and illegal immigration, which are major issues in Texas.

5 Trouble at McDonald's

McDonald's workers in Chicago, Durham City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, San Francisco, and St. Louis walked out in protest over the fast food chain's sexual harassment policy. The workers asked management "to take greater steps against on-the-job sexual harassment." A sexual harassment complaint was filed against McDonald's with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back in May.