Democracy Dies in Darkness
The morning’s most important stories, selected by Post editors
Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi was killed in fight at consulate
Saudi officials backed away from the initial claim that the dissident journalist left their country’s mission in Istanbul. The Saudi government said it fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudis as a result of an investigation showing that Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight in the consulate. President Trump responded to the Saudi announcement, saying “I think it’s a great first step.”
By Kevin Sullivan, Loveday Morris and Tamer El-Ghobashy  •  Read more »

Saudi claims that Khashoggi died in a ‘brawl’ draw immediate skepticism
The assertions increased pressure on the Trump administration to mount an independent investigation into Khashoggi’s death.
By Shane Harris  •   Read more »

How Turkey’s president pressured the Saudis to account for Khashoggi’s death
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept focusing attention on what Turkish officials called a brazen, state-sponsored assassination on Turkey’s soil.
By Kareem Fahim and John Hudson  •   Read more »

Khashoggi outcry galvanizes critics against Saudi arms sales
The criticism clashes with President Trump’s desire to continue to export planes, missiles and tanks to the kingdom, which he said is vital for the American economy and national security.
By Christian Davenport and Aaron Gregg  •   Read more »

Analysis: The world has a question for the White House: When do murders matter?
President Trump’s inconsistency weighs on allies and emboldens adversaries.
By Emily Rauhala and Anton Troianovski  •   Read more »

Saudi electronic army floods Twitter with insults and mistruths after Khashoggi’s disappearance
Researchers and activists say they have tracked a sprawling web of loyalist social media accounts.
By Louisa Loveluck and Ghalia al-Alwani  •   Read more »

‘Close the whole thing!’: Border tensions boil over as Trump’s frustrations grow
The Trump administration’s struggles to curtail illegal immigration have exposed a deep rift among the president and his top advisers, one that could lead to changes in the Cabinet and undermine the government’s response to a record surge of migrant families at the southern border.
By David Nakamura, Josh Dawsey and Nick Miroff  •   Read more »

In Georgia, governor’s race evokes old tensions over voting and race
The historic contest centers on race, identity politics and the deep divide on those subjects within the electorate. And for the two candidates, it’s also personal.
By Amy Gardner and Vanessa Williams  •   Read more »

Don’t expect companies to strike their tents in Saudi Arabia
By Colbert King  •   Read more »

Mohammed bin Salman could bring his kingdom crumbling down
By David Von Drehle  •   Read more »

What do Republicans need to win? Selective memory loss.
By Dana Milbank  •   Read more »

This new technology could send American politics into a tailspin
By Ben Sasse  •   Read more »

My aunt and sister in China have vanished. Are they being punished for my activism?
By Rushan Abbas  •   Read more »

Trump’s latest anti-immigrant gambit: Family separation 2.0
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Republicans race to back protections in health law that they fought
The political irony: The issue that propelled the GOP to take over Congress in 2010 threatens the party now.
By Colby Itkowitz  •   Read more »

Bolton pushes Trump administration to withdraw from landmark arms treaty
National security adviser John Bolton has told U.S. allies he believes the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty puts Washington in an “excessively weak position” against Russia “and more importantly China,” a diplomat said.
By John Hudson and Paul Sonne  •   Read more »

With their backs to the wall, Brewers push back against Dodgers and send NLCS to Game 7
A four-run first inning set the tone for Milwaukee as the National League pennant comes down to one game.
By Jesse Dougherty  •   Read more »

Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department’s watchdog office resigns amid controversy
Suzanne Israel Tufts’s departure ends a madcap week, as the administration quickly scuttled an arrangement to make her acting Interior watchdog amid media reports and scrutiny from Capitol Hill lawmakers.
By Lisa Rein, Josh Dawsey and Juliet Eilperin  •   Read more »

Tiebreak with tradition: Wimbledon changes rules to help reduce marathon matches
If the score is tied at 12 in the fifth set — or for women, the third set — tiebreaks will be allowed.
By Liz Clarke  •   Read more »