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Jared Kushner pleading with Saudis to ‘be transparent’ about Khashoggi: report

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American intelligence apparently failed to warn the Washington Post journalist believed to have been killed by Saudi Arabia inside its Istanbul embassy despite having a “duty to warn” the targets of such a plot and having heard “chatter” about it, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

In a deeply reported piece about how Jared Kushner’s carefully built close ties to the Saudis may unravel over the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the newspaper said that Kushner, John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have each made calls to Crown Prince Mohammed and asked him to “be transparent” about what happened.

The report also demonstrated how the incident appears to be a failure since Americans apparently understood that there was a plot against Khashoggi in the works.

“US intelligence officials confirm that over recent weeks they had picked up chatter among Saudi officials discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and then to detain him,” the paper reports.

This could become a headache since Khashoggi was a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and, even if he hadn’t been, America is expected to warn people in these situations.

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“That information raised questions about whether Khashoggi was informed of the plan concerning him – US intelligence agencies operate under a ‘duty to warn’ individuals of such intercepted plots, even if the individual is not an American citizen,” the report says.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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