On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From the killing of a Washington Post columnist to developments in the midterm elections, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed (and some links if you want to read further).


Saudi Arabia’s government said on Friday that Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi dissident who was a columnist for the Washington Post, was strangled during a fistfight with its agents inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. [Read the story]

The claim was the latest in two weeks of shifting, contradicting stories from the Saudi government, which initially said Mr. Khashoggi had left the consulate alive on Oct. 2. President Trump appeared to accept Saudi Arabia’s explanation on Friday. [Read the story]

American intelligence officials, however, are increasingly convinced that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a planned killing and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is culpable. [Read the story]

McGahn, Soldier for Trump and Witness Against Him, Leaves White House

Mr. Trump’s decision to give the Saudi government the benefit of the doubt about Mr. Khashoggi’s death marks another instance in which the president has chosen to believe his own facts, our correspondent writes. [Read the White House memo]

Another familiar presidential trait was in evidence this week when Mr. Trump referred to Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic actress who says she had an affair with him, as “Horseface” on Twitter. [Read the story]

Mr. Trump praised an assault on a reporter during a rally on Thursday and railed against immigration during another on Friday. His wave of midterm campaigning is expected to continue next week. [Read the story]

Additional Reading

White House Memo: Trump and Women: Another Writer Looks for Answers

Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Trump, and Herself, at Al Smith Dinner

Trump’s Focus on a Washington Building Project Draws Scrutiny

Democratic candidates in key congressional races are outpacing their Republican opponents in fund-raising, according to an analysis of reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission. But huge checks from conservative donors are assuring that their side stays competitive. [Read the story]

Mr. Trump’s campaign more than doubled its spending over the past three months as the president worked to rev up the Republican base. [Read the story]

Additional Reading

As Other Republican Candidates Struggle Financially, Trump Stockpiles Cash

Who Raised More Money? In a Majority of Tight Races, Democrats Did