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Erdogan says Saudi officials plotted to kill Khashoggi
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks calling the death a planned operation conflict with the account provided by Saudi officials, who have said the prominent journalist was killed during a fistfight when “rogue” Saudi agents had tried to bring him back to Riyadh.
By Kareem Fahim  •  Read more »


CIA director flies to Turkey amid controversy over Khashoggi killing
Intelligence officials are increasingly skeptical of the Saudi account and have warned President Trump that the idea that rogue operators flew to Istanbul and killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi without the knowledge or consent of Saudi leaders is dubious, a White House official said.
By John Hudson, Shane Harris and Josh Dawsey  •   Read more »


Khashoggi death casts new light on Saudi prince’s crackdown
The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has brought more attention to Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to silence dissent in Saudi Arabia since he became crown prince. “There are no human rights defenders still free,” said Yahya Assiri, a Saudi human rights activist who lives in self-exile. “They are all behind bars.”
By Kevin Sullivan  •   Read more »


Some Northerners take a page from Southern history, raising a flag to white grievance
For a growing number of white Northerners, the Confederate flag represents a link to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” brand of patriotism. But to others, flying the flag is simply racism by a different name.
By Frances Stead Sellers  •   Read more »


Campaign 2018  
Trump and Republicans settle on fear — and falsehoods — as a midterm strategy
The president plans to keep focusing on immigration and a migrant caravan as his best contrast with Democrats ahead of Election Day, advisers said.
By Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey  •   Read more »


Divided Democrats struggle to answer Trump’s claims on migrant caravan
Republicans hope to retain their congressional majorities by playing on fears about migrants. Democrats are trying to maintain a focus on health care ahead of the election.
By Sean Sullivan and David Nakamura  •   Read more »






The Trump presidency is a rogue operation
By Dana Milbank  •   Read more »


Here’s how the Saudi crown prince could face international justice
By Josh Rogin  •   Read more »


The Republican tax cut is a big, fat failure
By Catherine Rampell  •   Read more »


If there is a ‘blue wave,’ Democrats would have black women to thank
By Eugene Robinson  •   Read more »


The Supreme Court’s 30 years war is finally over
By Hugh Hewitt  •   Read more »


Trump’s response to the migrant caravan will only make things worse
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More News


Supreme Court shields commerce secretary from being deposed in lawsuit over census question
Several states and civil rights groups have filed lawsuits against administration efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.
By Robert Barnes and Tara Bahrampour  •  Read more »


Trump and ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz embrace at Texas rally
Putting their bitter 2016 primary rivalry behind them, the president and Republican senator praised each other onstage in Houston.
By Seung Min Kim and Felicia Sonmez  •   Read more »


Fact Checker | Analysis
Are Republicans seeking to ‘get rid of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security’?
In a campaign ad, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) claims that Republicans are determined to eliminate three of the most popular government programs. That’s false.
By Glenn Kessler  •   Read more »


Trump administration considering ‘different concepts’ regarding transgender rights, with some pushing back internally
HHS officials have been behind a push to define sex by what is determined at birth, rather than gender identity.
By Laura Meckler, Samantha Schmidt and Lena Sun  •   Read more »


Tiny U.S. base assumes outsize role in Trump’s Syria strategy
The remote garrison’s position along a highway linking the Syrian regime in Damascus to its backers in Tehran has made the base a potential locus in White House plans to confront Iran’s reach across the region.
By Missy Ryan  •   Read more »


Trump proposes tax cut; GOP lawmakers privately skeptical
The president’s announcement of a new tax cut comes barely two weeks ahead of midterm elections that will decide control of Congress.
By Damian Paletta and Erica Werner  •   Read more »


Todd Bol | 1956-2018
Teacher’s son created Little Free Library as ‘spiritual gesture’ to mom
Mr. Bol’s original streetside memorial grew into a network of more than 75,000 tiny, whimsical book exchanges that encourage passersby to “take a book, leave a book.”
By Harrison Smith  •   Read more »