‘Start Here’: Kavanaugh, SpaceX and Idlib. What you need to know to start your day.

It’s Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Here’s what you need to start your day:

1. Senate Judiciary Committee schedules public hearings for Kavanaugh and his accuser

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh categorically denied accusations Monday from Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her at a party when she was in high school.

For many Republicans, that would not be enough to hold up the Senate Judiciary Committee vote.

Then, the Committee Chairman, Chuck Grassley, announced it would be settled instead with two public hearings.

ABC News Senior Congressional correspondent Mary Bruce tells us that some Democrats are approaching this issue with the midterm elections in mind.

2. Trump orders release of surveillance warrant documents

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump wants to declassify parts of a warrant to surveil his former associate Carter Page.

He also wants to make public any interviews involving a Department of Justice official named Bruce Ohr.

ABC News’ Mike Levine details who Ohr is and what Trump finds objectionable.

PHOTO: In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP
In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr arrives for a closed hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington.

3. SpaceX announces Japanese billionaire will fly to moon

SpaceX announced Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will become the first private citizen to fly to the moon in an elaborate event hosted by Elon Musk.

ABC’s David Kerley was at the event and tells us about the mission.

PHOTO: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, attends SXSW to answer questions from registrants at ACL live, March 11, 2018, in Austin, Texas.Suzanne Cordeiro/REX/Shutterstock, FILE
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, attends SXSW to answer questions from registrants at ACL live, March 11, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

4. Turkey, Russia agree to buffer zone outside Idlib province

The Syrian province of Idlib has become a flash point in recent weeks for rebel Syrians and a number of countries looking for control there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan face-to-face on Monday and agreed to a deal that could head off a major battle and ensuing humanitarian crisis.

ABC News’ Matt McGarry has reported from Turkish border with Syria and says Turkey has become a major player in this conflict.

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after their joint news conference in Sochi, Russia, Sept. 17, 2018.Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool via AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after their joint news conference in Sochi, Russia, Sept. 17, 2018.

In other news:

Big winners: 7 takeaways from the 2018 Emmy Awards: The 2018 Emmys were a night filled with emotional wins, a proposal live on stage and a huge night for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t hold anything back when it came to their jokes, which dealt with everything from diversity to harassment in Hollywood and Roseanne Barr.

Put a ring on it: Emmy winner steals the show proposing to longtime girlfriend on stage: One of the biggest moments of Emmy night happened during the award for directing a variety special. Glenn Weiss, who won for directing the Oscars telecast, took a moment to thank his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. “You wonder why I don’t want to call you my girlfriend?” he said. “Because I want to call you my wife.”

Korea talks: South Korean president flies to North Korea for latest summit: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in with a lavish welcome ceremony Tuesday at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, as the two leaders kicked off their third summit this year.

Growing toll: 1-year-old swept away in floodwater among those killed by Florence: At least 32 people have died since Florence made landfall as a powerful Category 1 hurricane Friday, The Associated Press said. Among those killed was 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch, who went missing Sunday when he was swept away by floodwaters in North Carolina.

Golf tragedy: Champion golfer found murdered on course, suspect charged: Police charged a man with murder just hours after promising young golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead on a golf course in Iowa. Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was charged with first-degree murder in the Iowa State University golfer’s death Monday night after police found her body at Coldwater Links golf course in Ames, Iowa.

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Sally Field reflects on her past in new memoir, ‘In Pieces’: For the first time, the award-winning actress is sharing the truth about what she says was a childhood of dark uncertainties, including abuse at the hands of her stepfather.

VIDEO: Sally Field reflects on her past in new memoir, In PiecesPlay
Sally Field reflects on her past in new memoir, ‘In Pieces’

What Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations could mean for nominee: Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her in high school, which Kavanaugh called a ‘completely false allegation.’

VIDEO: What Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations could mean for nomineePlay
What Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations could mean for nominee

On this day in history:

Sept. 18, 1998 – The House Judiciary Committee released video of President Bill Clinton’s testimony before a grand jury, along with sexually explicit testimony from Monica Lewinsky

The House Judiciary Committee rules to make the Clinton and Lewinsky testimonies public.Play
This day in history: Sept. 18, 1998

Today’s must-see photo:

Houses sit in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence, in this aerial picture, on the outskirts of Lumberton, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Jason Miczek/Reuters)

PHOTO: Houses sit in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence, in this aerial picture, on the outskirts of Lumberton, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.Jason Miczek/Reuters
Houses sit in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence, in this aerial picture, on the outskirts of Lumberton, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.

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What’s hot on social:

Young patients at a California hospital can skip the gurney to surgery and instead ride a mini Mercedes Benz. A relative of a hospital employee shows off the new wheels, which are meant to make the experience “a little less scary.”

VIDEO: Young patients ride mini cars to surgeryPlay
Young patients ride mini cars to surgery

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