Saudi influence machine faces critical test after decades of investment
Through fierce lobbying and charm offensives, Saudi Arabia has shaped policy and perceptions in Washington for years. But the global condemnation of the killing of Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month is challenging the strength of the operation.
By Tom Hamburger, Beth Reinhard and Justin Wm. Moyer  •  Read more »

 

Fact Checker | Analysis
Trump’s claim of jobs from Saudi deals grows by leaps and bounds
The president said Saudi military deals would add 450,000 U.S. jobs. Then it was 500,000 and even 600,000. None of those numbers are remotely credible.
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Saudi attempts to distance prince from Khashoggi killing haven’t quieted uproar
While Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, officials have not answered where the Post contributing columnist’s remains are and have offered inconsistent narratives for how he was killed, fueling skepticism.
By Tamer El-Ghobashy, Kareem Fahim and Carol Morello  •   Read more »

 

Mueller examines conflicting accounts as scrutiny of Roger Stone and WikiLeaks deepens
Investigators are poring over the Trump adviser’s public comments and alleged private assertions that he made in 2016 suggesting he had a way to reach WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, people familiar with the probe said.
By Carol Leonnig, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Rosalind Helderman  •   Read more »

 

Campaign 2018
How four Democratic women in Virginia aim to spark a blue surge
With suburban women trending nationwide against President Trump, Democrats have chosen women to run in four of their tightest races in Virginia — a state that will be an early indicator on election night of the party’s chances of wresting control of the House and gaining a foothold on power in the Trump era.
By Marc Fisher and Jenna Portnoy  •   Read more »

 

A 14-year-long oil leak off the La. coast verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history
Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing since 2004 at a site in the Gulf of Mexico where an oil production platform owned by Taylor Energy Company sank during Hurricane Ivan. But for years, Taylor Energy and federal officials had kept quiet about the growing disaster.
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Republicans at last embrace covering preexisting conditions
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The myth of the modernizing dictator
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Let students with disabilities compete in sports with their peers
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The hidden costs of the GOP’s deficit two-step
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Competition RIP?
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An election that goes way beyond policy issues
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No water. No power. No Internet. Panama City residents in survival mode in wake of Hurricane Michael.
A week without infrastructure is sorely testing even those who prepared for the storm and its aftermath.
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Trump’s comfort zone this year: Smaller venues and rapturous fans in places where he remains popular
The president has mostly stayed away from the suburban battlegrounds that will determine control of Congress in November.
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‘Anybody would be lucky to be part of a night like this’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Twain Prize
The actress was celebrated as a trailblazing comedian, a feminist television executive and a kind and generous colleague by a roster of actors and comedians at the Kennedy Center.
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‘It’s time for me to go back’: Deportees join ranks of swelling U.S.-bound caravan
While some caravan members said they planned to apply for political asylum, it appeared that most of them were not and that they hoped to slip between patrol officers. “It’s the only way,” one said.
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In China, investigations and purges become the new normal
Tons of hidden cash. Posthumous punishments. Six years into President Xi Jinping’s rule, a corruption-busting drive is also serving as a powerful political tool.
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A man on Ryanair yelled racist insults at a black woman. She was the one who had to change seats.
“I thought the flight attendant was going to call someone and escort the man off the flight,” a passenger told The Post. “They moved the woman instead of moving him. That was shocking to me.”
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