Congress Squeezes Trump Over Khashoggi Response

Congress Squeezes Trump Over Khashoggi Response

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As President Donald Trump is denouncing the “deception” and “lies” coming from the Saudi government, members of Congress from his own party are pushing the president toward a more forceful response that squarely blames the Saudi crown prince for the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

While Trump is hesitant to directly fault Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi’s killing, and praised him on Saturday as a “strong person,” lawmakers who have been briefed on the matter say they are all but certain the crown prince is responsible for the Washington Post columnist’s death. A few have expressed discomofort about moving forward with arms sales to the kingdom.

“It is my thinking that MBS was involved in this, that he directed this, and that this person was purposely murdered,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “My guess is at the end of the day, the United States and the rest of the world will believe fully that he did it. We’ll see.”

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The Real Reasons Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wanted Khashoggi ‘Dead or Alive’

The Real Reasons Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wanted Khashoggi ‘Dead or Alive’

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PARIS — The mind plays strange tricks sometimes, especially after a tragedy. When I sat down to write this story about the Saudi regime’s homicidal obsession with the Muslim Brotherhood, the first person I thought I’d call was Jamal Khashoggi. For more than 20 years I phoned him or met with him, even smoked the occasional water pipe with him, as I looked for a better understanding of his country, its people, its leaders, and the Middle East. We often disagreed, but he almost always gave me fresh insights into the major figures of the region, starting with Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, and the political trends, especially the explosion of hope that was called the Arab Spring in 2011. He would be just the man to talk to about the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood, because he knew both sides of that bitter relationship so well.

And then, of course, I realized that Jamal is dead, murdered precisely because he knew too much.

Although the stories keep changing, there is now no doubt that 33-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the power in front of his decrepit father’s throne, had put out word to his minions that he wanted Khashoggi silenced, and the hit-team allegedly understood that as “wanted dead or alive.” But the [petro]buck stops with MBS, as bin Salman’s called. He’s responsible for a gruesome murder just as Henry II was responsible for the murder of Thomas Becket when he said, “Who will rid me of that meddlesome priest.” In this case, a meddlesome journalist.

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Scouted: The Best Bags For Organization

Scouted: The Best Bags For Organization

There are a lot of bags out there, and you should probably own a few different kinds. But do any of them help save you time, or do they become bottomless pits full of loose change, old receipts, and maybe your keys?

Finding a bag that really strikes the balance between style and function is a key to having a productive commute. A bag that has dedicated pockets for everything, from a phone changer to your water bottle, is incredibly important to staying organized, and therefore, more productive. Try one of these and make sure you’re getting the most out of your bag.

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10 Dishes with Chef Cheetie Kumar

10 Dishes with Chef Cheetie Kumar

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After a shift, what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? “After a particularly long day, the lure of a good cheeseburger leaves me completely powerless. I used to get one from an old Raleigh institution down the street that sourced its grinding beef from a high-dollar steakhouse in town. But its ownership and hours changed, so now it’s a Char-Grill Steak Jr. for me! I really wish there was a late-night Japanese sushi/steak kind of place in Raleigh—that’s what I really want!”

Is there one dish you won’t cook? “Hmmm—I can’t think of any dish that doesn’t have a time and place. I’m down to cook most anything, but that’s not the same as serving it in my restaurant.”

All-time favorite spice. “Can’t live without cumin (or coriander).”

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Go Out and Visit a National Park While You Still Can

Go Out and Visit a National Park While You Still Can

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Not every day-hike has a pay-off like that of the popular Avalanche Trail in Glacier National Park. It begins with a leisurely boardwalk through red cedars and hemlocks, intersects with the rolling waters of Avalanche Creek, and steadily climbs upward until its towering trees part and unveil the amphitheater of Avalanche Lake. The thundering cascade of distant waterfalls are the soundtrack to the lake’s turquoise blue water.

The amphitheater is arresting, though I have to admit that everything in Glacier is jaw-dropping. But as I stand there soaking it in, there is another feeling, a terrible one that I cannot shake—one day, in the not-so-distant future, this lake and those falls will become shadows of their former selves, and eventually they may even go silent.

America’s national parks are now in the throes of irreversible climate change. Their many iconic features that tourists take for granted today will likely be memorialized by future generations, rather than experienced.

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Biden and Trump Duel In the Desert For Critical Nevada Senate Race

Biden and Trump Duel In the Desert For Critical Nevada Senate Race

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LAS VEGAS—When former Vice President Joe Biden finally made it to the stage at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 event on Saturday, the mild morning had been broken up by a scorching sun beating down on the asphalt. Voters were shielding their eyes as the rays crested above the union’s headquarters, with one woman using a leftover Dunkin Donuts box to block the punishing sun.

Acknowledging the rising temperatures, Biden who had already stripped away his token aviator sunglasses after Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own” played, started removing his suit jacket as one attendee happily encouraged him to take it off. “See if you could get a good price for it,” the last vice president of the United States joked as he tossed it aside.

But it wasn’t all fun and games for “the scrappy kid from Scranton.” Biden, who has been traversing the country as he weighs a potential bid for the presidency, was drumming up support on the first day of early voting in Nevada including this crucial union that has lifted Democrats to victory in the state in  previous elections.

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Convicted Ex-Trump Adviser George Papadopoulos Fights to Become the Next Big Fox News Star

Convicted Ex-Trump Adviser George Papadopoulos Fights to Become the Next Big Fox News Star

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Late last year, George Papadopoulos, a lower-tier foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, found himself at the center of the Russia investigation. He was facing a prison sentence, his life picked apart by the press, disowned by prior associates, and rejected and publicly belittled by President Donald Trump, who denounced Papadopoulos as a “proven” liar.

Even his old Russian politics professor at DePaul University was making fun of him on the record.

Most operatives and political figures who face legal jeopardy in the Robert Mueller investigation have taken decidedly quiet routes, forgoing frequent media appearances or large social-media footprints. Papadopoulos has, conspicuously, taken a polar-opposite approach.

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Detroit Police Find Remains of 63 Babies at Funeral Home

Detroit Police Find Remains of 63 Babies at Funeral Home

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Police on Friday uncovered the remains of 63 babies and fetuses left in boxes and a freezer at a Detroit funeral home, the second such grisly discovery in the past week. Perry Funeral Home was shut down after police found the bodies of 36 babies or fetuses stored in boxes and another 27 bodies in freezers. Some of the dates of death went back to 2015. Last week, police found 11 babies at a separate funeral home in the city.

“I’ve never seen anything [like this] in my 41 and a half years,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters Friday. “I’m stunned. My team is stunned. God help those families,” he said.

The search came after a press conference last week announcing the discovery at the Cantrell Funeral Home led a man to tip police off about Perry Funeral Home.

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