Weekly News October 22-29, 2018
Jamal Khashoggi disappeared inside the Saudi embassy on October 2.
The Saudis repeatedly lied about the disappearance and our administration parroted those lies. Jamal Khashoggi was an American resident, worked for an American newspaper and he was BRUTALLY murdered inside the Saudi embassy by a team of assassins. The changing "lies" of the Saudi Arabian government - he left the embassy by the back door (a lie they tried to make fly by having somebody dress in Khashoggi's clothing and walk around Istanbul), he died accidentally, he died in a fist fight, murdered by a "rogue operation".
Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on a "rogue operation", giving a new account of an act that sparked a global outcry.
According to US intelligence intercepts recently reported on by The Post, the crown prince also sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia in a similar manner. This is apparently part of a broader trend from the crown prince to crack down on dissents and send a message to activists they're not safe no matter where they are in the world.
Just in time for the Nov. 6 election, President Trump is posting some of the best job approval numbers of his presidency. His approval rating is currently 43.1 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight average, the highest it’s been since March 2017. His disapproval rating is 52.0 percent, so let’s not get too carried away — the president is still unpopular.
While Americans are well-acquainted with Russian online trolls’ 2016 disinformation campaign, there’s a more insidious threat of Russian interference in the coming midterms. The Russians could hack our very election infrastructure, disenfranchising Americans and even altering the vote outcome in key states or districts. Election security experts have warned of it, but state election officials have largely played it down for fear of spooking the public. We still might not know the extent to which state election infrastructure was compromised in 2016, nor how compromised it will be in 2018.
CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to audio purportedly capturing the interrogation and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, giving a key member of President Trump’s Cabinet access to the evidence used by Turkey to accuse Saudi Arabia of premeditated murder.
President Donald Trump’s administration is releasing thousands of Central American families after briefly detaining them at the border, overwhelming nonprofits from El Paso to San Diego who are suddenly scrambling to find them temporary housing and transportation to their final destination.
The "coordinated release" began earlier this month in Arizona, where nonprofits had to rent motel rooms to handle the influx. This week, federal officials asked Annunciation House, an El Paso shelter, to take in 1,300 adults and children with even more expected next week. In San Diego, Pastor Bill Jenkins said his church was told to anticipate as many as 150 migrants a day, double its usual intake.