On Politics: Khashoggi Case Jeopardizes Trump’s Plans to Punish Iran

Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


The White House is worried that the apparent killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi — and Saudi Arabia’s changing account of his fate — could derail plans to cut off Iranian oil exports, a move that requires Saudi help. Read the story.

At least four suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi have connections to the Saudi crown prince. Read how this undermines the theory that he was killed in a rogue operation.

“Here we go again with you’re guilty until proven innocent.” President Trump accused Saudi Arabia’s critics of presuming guilt in the Khashoggi case, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi leaders to discuss the crisis.

Is it possible to be against abortion and a Democrat? One woman in Missouri tried to find out.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, an endangered Democratic incumbent, ran an ad criticizing her opponent for comments about sexual abuse. It backfired.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.

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