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Amid global outrage over Khashoggi, Trump takes soft stance toward Saudis
The president has repeatedly emphasized oil, arms sales and dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Saudi citizenship as reasons for moving slowly on investigations into his alleged killing and dismemberment at the hands of Saudi operatives.
By Robert Costa, Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker  •  Read more »

 

Mounting evidence points to crown prince’s involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance
It will be difficult for Mohammed bin Salman to escape scrutiny, as evidence suggests not only the Saudi government’s knowledge of the journalist’s fate, but Mohammed’s connection to his disappearance.
By Shane Harris  •   Read more »
 

 

Secret recordings give insight into Saudi attempts to silence critics
Recordings made by a dissident activist and friend of Jamal Khashoggi offer a chilling depiction of how Saudi Arabia tries to lure opposition figures back to the kingdom with promises of money and safety.
By Loveday Morris and Zakaria Zakaria  •   Read more »
 

 

Low-cost reinforcements often saved homes that survived Hurricane Michael
Florida instituted a stricter building code after Hurricane Andrew, but structures built beyond those standards — such as a group of five homes built by Habitat for Humanity — survived Michael.
By Patricia Sullivan, Frances Sellers and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux  •   Read more »
 

 

Democrats say GOP planning Social Security, Medicare cuts to offset budget deficit
They seized on comments made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to argue that Republicans ballooned the deficit by passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut that mostly benefited the wealthy, and will now try to repair the damage by slashing critical safety net programs.
By Erica Werner, Damian Paletta and David Weigel  •   Read more »
 

 

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Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression
By Jamal Khashoggi  •   Read more »

 

 
Jamal Khashoggi’s final appeal
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Trump has given every despot on the planet a license to kill
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Saudi Arabia’s information war to bury news of Jamal Khashoggi
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The Trump administration’s deregulation efforts are saving billions of dollars
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Fact Checker | Analysis
Just about everything you’ve read on the Warren DNA test is wrong
Reporters and politicians rushed to say the test shows she was only 1/1024th Native American. But that’s a huge misinterpretation of the data.
By Glenn Kessler  •  Read more »
 

 

 
Venezuela’s foreign creditors try to lay claim to Citgo
A seizure and forced sale of the Houston-based oil company would mean Venezuela loses one of its most valuable assets and could choke off a reliable source of cash for the already struggling country.
By Jeanne Whalen and Anthony Faiola  •   Read more »

 

 
White House counsel Donald McGahn officially leaves the job
McGahn, who is replaced by veteran Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone, said goodbye to President Trump on Wednesday, sources said.
By Seung Min Kim and Carol Leonnig  •   Read more »

 

 
‘Better than the Olympics’: Canadians line up for marijuana as it becomes legal
Cannabis enthusiasts waited for hours outside Quebec’s new government-run pot stores.
By Selena Ross  •   Read more »

 

 
Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the most successful sitcom star ever
By pushing hard for creative control and production credit, the 11-time Emmy winner and next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor became a model for the wave of talented women who emerged on TV over the past decade-plus.
By Geoff Edgers  •   Read more »

 

 
Officer pulls weapon on children carrying a BB gun — and it ends with a stern lecture
Officer Peter Casuccio’s encounter with the boys was captured on video, with the policeman saying he cared and didn’t want to shoot a child.
By Keith McMillan  •   Read more »

 

 
‘Her addiction stalked her and stole her’: Heartbreaking obituary details ‘darkness’ of opioids
“Though we would have paid any ransom to have her back, any price in the world, this disease would not let her go until she was gone,” read the obituary for 30-year-old Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir.
By Lindsey Bever  •   Read more »