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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman participates in a meeting between members of the British government and Saudi ministers and delegates in London on March 7. (Dan Kitwood/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Will the Saudis’ Khashoggi Confession Get Them Off the Hook?

By claiming they were only trying to abduct the journalist, they’re hoping to draw a moral equivalence with U.S. renditions.

Tech leader Trae Stephens says the Pentagon’s "spray and pray" investment strategy won't pay off. (Staff/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Criticized for ‘Spray and Pray’ Approach to Innovation

A prominent tech leader says the Defense Department’s investment strategy hampers its ability to compete with China on military innovation.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to members of the press before a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 28. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Who Will Replace Mattis?

Trump signals in an interview that his defense secretary might be out.

U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson arrives at Adnan Menderes Airport ahead of his departure from Turkey in Izmir on Oct. 12. (Omer Sut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Erdogan Frees U.S. Pastor While Still Managing to Embarrass Trump

Turkey’s leaks in the Khashoggi case have put the U.S. president in a tight spot.

The construction site of a nuclear reactor in Sanmen, Zhejiang province, China, on June 4, 2009. Almost 10 years ago, China began building new nuclear reactors with U.S. technology, and the first finally came online this week. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Trump’s Latest China Salvo Could Hurt U.S. Nuke Industry

Administration says Beijing is diverting U.S. nuclear technology for military use.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 3 (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Blame Game Ensues as Ambassador Posts Sit Empty

The disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights a staffing problem.

Security personnel at the front door of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 11. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Investigators Trump Says Are in Turkey Don’t Seem to Be There

Under pressure to act, the president appears to get out ahead of his team on the Khashoggi probe.

A Royal Australian Air Force airman walks on the wing of an F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on Aug. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

Stealth Fighter Jet Grounded Globally After First-Ever Crash

The news will make it harder for the Pentagon to improve flight availability of key tactical aircraft.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announces her resignation with President Donald Trump at the White House on Oct. 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley’s Successor Probably Won’t Have Her Impact

The Washington power vacuum that worked in the U.N. ambassador’s favor is mostly resolved.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Saudi Arabia-United States Partnership Meeting in Washington on March 23. (Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The U.S.-Saudi Relationship: Too Faustian to Fail?

Trump’s in too deep with Mohammed bin Salman to make a stink about Jamal Khashoggi.

Bulgarians light candles during a vigil in memory of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova in the city of Ruse on Oct. 8. (Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff /AFP/Getty Images)

When Killing the Messenger Becomes the Norm

More journalists are assassinated than die in war zones.

The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Many U.S. Weapons Systems Are Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Government watchdog says the Pentagon has not taken the threat seriously enough.

Families wait for care at a health center in Yemen in September. (Courtesy International Rescue Committee)

Starvation and Child Soldiers: On the Ground in Yemen

International Rescue Committee chief sees the devastation firsthand and calls on the United States to end support for the Saudi-led coalition.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to press at U.N. headquarters in New York on Jan. 2. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley Stuns Washington by Announcing Resignation From U.N. Post

President Trump’s United Nations ambassador dismisses speculation that she intends to challenge him in 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore on June 12. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Republicans Lose Their Majority in Congress? Ask Pyongyang

North Koreans are watching the U.S. midterm elections closely, wondering how the results might affect negotiations with Trump.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks in Beijing on May 14, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Reaches for Checkbook Diplomacy to Counter China

Washington ramps up development finance to offer countries an alternative to Beijing’s deep pockets.

Japanese soldiers storm a beach in the Philippines on the South China Sea in joint military exercises with U.S. and Filipino troops on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is on China

The military’s funding boost is aimed at deterring Beijing, but a budget fight could jeopardize the strategy.

Pictures of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nadia Murad, a public advocate for the Yazidi community in Iraq and a survivor of sexual violence, and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, displayed in Oslo on Oct. 5. (Fredrik Hagen /AFP/Getty Images)

How Political Is This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel committee is usually looking to make a statement. Is it trying to tell us something about #MeToo—maybe even Brett Kavanaugh?

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Trump administration’s tougher policy toward China in Washington on Oct. 4. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s No Longer Just a Trade War Between the U.S. and China

Vice President Pence’s fierce attack and allegations of tech spying escalate the conflict.

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