FOX NEWS FIRST: New era in Supreme Court as Kavanaugh begins tenure; Clinton speaking tour announced

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Developing now, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

  • New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat on the high court for the first time Tuesday after President Trump apologized to him and his family during a swearing-in ceremony on behalf of the nation for a Democratic-led 'smear' campaign
  • Amid 2020 rumors, Bill and Hillary Clinton have announced plans to go on an international speaking tour after the midterm elections, and tickets promise to be pricey
  • Alabama has joined Florida in declaring a state of emergency as Hurricane Michael threatens to hit the U.S.
  • The opioid crisis in the U.S. has emerged as a major election issue with the midterms a month away
  • Google has decided to shut down the Google+ social network site as a report says the tech giant exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, but chose not to keep it secret
  • Controversial hip-hop artist - and Trump supporter - Kanye West is reportedly expected to meet with President Trump at the White House this Thursday

THE LEAD STORY - SUPREME JUSTICE JUSTICE KAVANAUGH TAKES THE BENCH, AMID CLOUD OF CONTROVERSY: New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has vowed to be a non-partisan "team player on a team of nine" as he takes his seat on the high court on Tuesday, but Democrats will not likely let himsettle into his new job peacefully ... Kavanaugh has become election rallying cry among Democrats in the final weeks before the November midterms. Democrats have vowed to continue to investigate Kavanaugh and even threatened to impeach him. Meanwhile, President Trump and Republicans say the FBI's investigation of uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations and subsequent Supreme Court confirmation have cleared Kavanaugh of any alleged wrongdoing and that he should be allowed to carry out his duties on the bench.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony in the East Room of the White House Monday evening, Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "on behalf of our nation" for what he called a desperate Democrat-led campaign of "lies and deception" intent on derailing his confirmation. Now, it remains to be seen how long Associate Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh will be haunted by the war over his confirmation.

THE CLINTON WORLD TOUR: Bill and Hillary Clinton have announced they will embark on an international 13-city speaking tour shortly after November's midterm elections, with tickets running as high as $745 and speculation swirling that the former secretary of state could announce yet another presidential bid ... The tour, which kicks off in Las Vegas, is set to run from November 2018 to May 2019. It will include several stops in the U.S. and Canada, and will cover the high-profile couple's thoughts on "one of the United States’ most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections," according to the event's organizer, Live Nation, which also handles speaking arrangements for former First Lady Michelle Obama and musicians like Taylor Swift and Jay-Z. That focus is poised to rankle liberal commentators who have pushed for Clinton to stop focusing on her unexpected loss in the 2016 race, to allow for new candidates and issues to emerge.

ALL EYES ON MICHAEL: A state of emergency was issued in Alabama on Monday as "dangerous" Hurricane Michael continues to barrel toward the U.S., with the potential to hit the Florida Panhandle mid-week ... The storm — which was upgraded to hurricane status earlier Monday — was "bringing hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall to western Cuba" as storm surge and hurricane warnings have been issued for the northeastern area of the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast is forecast to see tropical storm conditions Tuesday night or early Wednesday, ahead of the hurricane activity expected for Wednesday. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday declared a state of emergency for the entire state as the storm pushes its way toward the southern U.S.

Meanwhile, Florida residents are bracing for Michael's impact. Residents were filling sandbags and boarding up their homes as Hurricane Michael gained strength over warm waters and barrels toward Florida's northeast Gulf Coast. The hurricane was located about 425 miles south of Apalachicola and 455 miles south of Panama City, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center's 2 a.m. ET advisory on Tuesday.

OPIOID CRISIS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: From the bustling streets of Philadelphia to the rural farmlands of Mercer County, nearly every community in Pennsylvania has been rocked by the opioid crisis – and the problem keeps worsening ... In 2016, more than 4,600 Pennsylvanians died as a result of drug abuse. It has affected the lives of thousands more. For Jose Benitez, the executive director of a needle exchange clinic in Philadelphia, dditional funding and attention to the opioid crisis is a tipping point in the Pennsylvania midterm election. He hopes to see lawmakers who are educated on addiction and can provide innovative solutions.

The opioid problem is emerging as a major issue during the midterm elections, particularly in areas hard hit by the growing crisis. A recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal shows that ads mentioning the opioid crisis have aired more than 50,000 times in congressional and gubernatorial races across 25 states. Just four years ago, at around this time, it had only been mentioned 70 times, the Journal reported.

GIANT GOOGLE+ FAILURE: Google shuttered its consumer Google+ site, after the company discovered a software glitch that gave outsiders potential access to private profile data ... According to Google, a software glitch in the social site could allow outside developers to potentially access private profile data from up to 500,000 accounts from 2015 through March 2018. The company cannot confirm which users's data were impacted. Additionally, the company didn’t disclose to its customers the data breach for fear of damaging its reputation as well as facing a potential for a regulatory inquiry, according to The Wall Street Journal.

MAKE 'YE' GREAT AGAIN: Kanye West – one of President Trump’s most famous supporters – is expected to meet with the president at the White House on Thursday, The New York Times reported ... The Times cited two unnamed sources who said West will meet with Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and have lunch with Trump. West is reportedly expected to talk about the criminal justice system and job opportunities for former convicts. The 41-year-old rapper, who announced on Twitter last week he’s changing his name to Ye, delivered an impromptu speech supporting President Trump at the end of his "Saturday Night Live" performance last week.


DEM LESSONS FROM KAVANAUGH BATTLE -  "The lessons of their defeat are pretty clear. 'Creepy Porn LawyerS' make bad national spokesmen, screaming mobs of child activists scare normal people who are watching at home, it is in fact possible to go too far and [Democrats] did."  – Tucker Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," offering his takeaways on Democrats' failure to derail Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. WATCH

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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Tomi Lahren; Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary under President Trump; Sebastian Gorka, former deputy assistant to President Trump; Tom Homan, former acting director of ICE; and Jedediah Bila discusses her new book "#DoNotDisturb."

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Fallout from Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation battle and the midterms will be the hot topics of debate with the following special guests: Allen West; New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin; Chris Stirewalt; Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan; Ed Edwards.

The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Sebastian Gorka, FOX News contributor and former deputy assistant to President Trump, joins Tom Shillue to discuss his new book, "Why We Fight: Defeating America's Enemies - With No Apologies" and the latest news of the day!

1985: The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrender two days after seizing the vessel in the Mediterranean. (The hijackers killed passenger Leon Klinghoffer during the standoff.)

1930: Laura Ingalls becomes the first woman to fly across the United States as she completes a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.

1888: The public is first admitted to the Washington Monument.

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