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‘There’s been lies’: Trump strongly critical of Saudi account of journalist’s death
At the same time, he defended the oil-rich monarchy as an “incredible ally” and kept open the possibility that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order Saudi agents to kill Jamal Khashoggi. The kingdom’s claim that Khashoggi was killed after a fistfight escalated inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was met with a torrent of international skepticism Saturday.
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In Post interview, Trump calls Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed a ‘strong person’ who ‘truly loves his country’
The president did not call for the ouster of the crown prince, instead praising his leadership and calling him “a strong person, he has very good control.”
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Amid Khashoggi uproar, Saudis rally around their prince
Even if they were stunned by the sudden admission of their government’s involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its consulate in Istanbul, very few Saudis would be courageous enough to publicly criticize the country’s leaders — and in particular the crown prince.
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Saudi explanation of Khashoggi’s death is widely dismissed as a coverup
“We do not consent to this being covered up,” Turkish ruling party spokesman Omar Celik said of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi authorities said an argument in its consulate in Istanbul led to a fatal brawl in which the Post contributor was killed — an explanation at odds with the conclusions of Turkish investigators.
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Analysis: Nine key questions Saudi Arabia hasn’t answered about Khashoggi’s death
The kingdom’s account of how the journalist died raises big questions: What happened and why? And how could Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman not have known?
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In death, Saudi writer’s mild calls for reform grew into a defiant shout
Jamal Khashoggi rattled Saudi officials with his restrained appeals for human rights, and his killing has transformed him into a powerful symbol for free expression.
By Joby Warrick, Loveday Morris and Souad Mekhennet  •   Read more »
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In a previously unheard interview, Jamal Khashoggi discusses Saudi Arabia and freedom
COLUMN | This past summer, Jamal Khashoggi and Jason Rezaian sat down with Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah for a conversation about the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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House Democrats’ hope for a wave election diminishes as GOP rebounds
Democrats retain their strength in suburban areas, but President Trump’s rising approval and the fight over Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination are boosting GOP candidates in conservative and rural districts.
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Trump: Republicans planning tax cuts for middle-income earners before November
However, Congress is out of session until after the midterm elections.
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The Take: For President Trump, it’s 2016 all over again
The president is campaigning across the country and talking nonstop. But how much will it help Republicans in November?
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House candidates campaign on their agendas, but for some voters it’s all about Trump
The president’s ability to dominate the political conversation has put congressional candidates from both parties in a tricky spot.
By Kyle Swenson, Cleve Wootson and Kristine Phillips  •   Read more »
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Talkin’ about massive turnover no matter who wins the House
More than 70 lawmakers who took the oath in January 2017 will be gone and 30 incumbents are in toss-up races. Next year’s freshman class could be huge.
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The Saudi explanation for Jamal Khashoggi’s death is a fable. Still Trump plays along.
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Of course Saudi Arabia’s leader doesn’t fear U.S. fury. We give him everything he wants.
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Identity politics may divide us. But ultimately we can’t unite without it.
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With each department store that closes, a world vanishes
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Fallen star Wayne Rooney saved his soccer career — and D.C.’s team along with it
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How Pocahontas — the myth and the slur — props up white supremacy
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Central Americans in caravan cross into Mexico
While hundreds of migrants waited at an official border crossing point in Guatemala, hundreds — or even thousands — more gave up on crossing legally and swam or took small rafts into Mexico.
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The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London
Christopher Skaife became a Yeoman Warder after a quarter century of service in the British Army and has spent the past 11 living at the Tower of London and caring for his revered winged charges.
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Japan’s Abe stakes out new identity in region: Stronger leadership and wider military reach
With trade deals, infrastructure spending and military drills, Japan seeks a new path to counter the rise of China and shifting Asian policies in Washington.
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Retropolis | The Past, Rediscovered
‘How could you?’ The day Jackie Kennedy became Jackie Onassis
On Oct. 20, 1968, the former first lady stunned her adoring public by marrying a Greek shipping tycoon.
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Analysis
College football winners and losers: Sooners show defense, and Boilermakers blitz the Buckeyes
Oklahoma showed some progress under a new defensive coordinator and returned to the win column over TCU, and Purdue had a play-to-win ethos from the start of their 49-20 beatdown of Ohio State.
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MLB Playoffs: NLCS, Game 7 | Dodgers vs. Brewers
Dodgers hold off Brewers to clinch second straight World Series berth
Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer sealed a 5-1 win and set up a World Series showdown against the Boston Red Sox.
By Jesse Dougherty  •   Read more »
 

Retropod | Podcast
The body of Emmett Till
Emmett Till’s mother opened his casket and sparked the civil rights movement.
By Michael S. Rosenwald  •   Read more »
 

Magazine
Terry Gross of ‘Fresh Air’ talks about the art of getting personal
NPR’s longtime radio host on the pleasure of being invisible.
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Voraciously
Curl up with a warm bowl of quick, satisfying and seasonal soup
And you’ll have leftovers for later!
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Travel
On a trip to the Himalayas, I learned about altitude sickness the hard way
Preparation? Prescription drugs? Yak butter? Here’s how to treat acute mountain sickness.
By Annie Groer  •   Read more »