The morning’s most important stories, selected by Post editors
Trump’s GOP allies quietly fuel a Khashoggi smear campaign
A cadre of conservative House lawmakers allied with President Trump has been privately exchanging articles from right-wing outlets that depict the missing journalist as allied with terrorists — false and distorted claims that have begun to flare into public view as conservative media outlets have amplified them.
By Robert Costa and Karoun Demirjian  •  Read more »

Trump says it appears Khashoggi is dead, warns he could consider ‘severe’ consequences
In remarks to reporters, President Trump said it “certainly looks” like Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, is dead. Trump said there may be “very severe” consequences depending on the results of a Saudi investigation.
By Erin Cunningham and John Wagner  •   Read more »

Why one man’s disappearance captured the outrage and media attention that war hasn’t
Jamal Khashoggi’s apparent murder has galvanized worldwide criticism of Saudi regime.
By Paul Farhi  •   Read more »

Too deferential or just strategic? Pompeo’s impossible mission in dealing with Saudis.
The secretary of state had limited room to maneuver in talks about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But some say he was too deferential to the Saudi leadership.
By Carol Morello and Anne Gearan  •   Read more »

At Montana rally, Trump praises congressman for assaulting reporter
The president’s remark on Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), who pleaded guilty to attacking a Guardian reporter in May 2017, drew cheers from the crowd.
By Seung Min Kim and Felicia Sonmez  •   Read more »

In tiny Bhutan, known for its pursuit of happiness, democracy brings discontent
Some voters in the Himalayan nation famed for its isolated location and stunning scenery express a longing for the previous system — absolute monarchy under a beloved king.
By Joanna Slater  •   Read more »

GOP war room blasts endless stream of criticism at Democrats, with Warren its latest target
The Republican National Committee’s rapid-response team leaped into action after Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test, launching a week-long onslaught that helped to blunt what the Massachusetts Democrat hoped would be a moment of vindication.
By Michael Scherer  •   Read more »

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

How the current crown prince changed Saudi Arabia — for the worse
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Why Hillary Clinton’s comments were even more painful than Trump’s
By Ruth Marcus  •   Read more »

Trump has disparaged women’s looks — including mine. But we have bigger problems.
By Carly Fiorina  •   Read more »

What did U.S. spy agencies know about threats on Khashoggi — and when?
By David Ignatius  •   Read more »

Khashoggi’s disappearance is a betrayal of Trump
By Marc Thiessen  •   Read more »
More News

A week after Hurricane Michael, rural residents still feel stranded
Neighbors have banded together to survive, sharing food, shelter and tips on the best streams to bathe in.
By Robert Samuels  •  Read more »

Interior secretary violated policy with wife’s travel, agency’s watchdog concludes
The Interior Department’s inspector general found that Ryan Zinke broke agency rules when he let his wife travel in government vehicles and instructed his security detail to drive an associate to the airport.
By Juliet Eilperin, Lisa Rein and Josh Dawsey  •   Read more »

Tesla chief Elon Musk unveils a $35,000 Model 3 (that actually costs a bit more)
The move signals an attempt for the all-electric automaker to get back to business after months of controversy.
By Drew Harwell  •   Read more »

Afghan elections delayed in Kandahar province after two top officials killed
The assassination of the police chief and intelligence head has left a dangerous vacuum in the embattled province.
By Pamela Constable  •   Read more »

MLB Playoffs
David Price quiets his critics, sends Red Sox past the Astros and into the World Series
The Boston left-hander, constantly questioned about his ability to pitch effectively in the postseason, threw six shutout innings as Boston beat Justin Verlander in Game 5, 4-1.
By Dave Sheinin  •   Read more »

Parents of children with AFM warn about rare polio-like condition
The CDC says the disease has sickened 62 children this year and killed one. Doctors don’t know exactly what is causing the mystery illness, and there is no official treatment for it.
By Andrea K. McDaniels  •   Read more »