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Conservative pundit says Trump and Saudi Arabia may be behind blackmail of The Washington Post

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President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia may have been behind the alleged blackmail scheme against The Washington Post and owner Jeff Bezos, a leading conservative suggested on Saturday.

Bill Kristol, the founder and former editor-in-chief of the now-defunct magazine The Weekly Standard, laid out his case on Twitter.

Kristol’s theory followed a threatening post made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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“We warn against any attempt to link Khashoggi’s crime to our leadership,” the Kingdom warned.

Intelligence agencies believe Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman directed the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Who’s attempted such a link? The Post,” Kristol noted.

“Who owns the Post? Bezos,” he continued.

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“Who had the ability to hack Bezos and a connection to AMI? The Saudis,” he said.

“Who’s conspired with both the Saudis and AMI and hates Bezos? Trump,” he concluded.

Kristol isn’t the only person suggesting the connection to Trump.

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Watergate figure John Dean also suggested a connection.

“Would anyone be surprised to find Donald Trump connected to this sleazy attack on Bezos, who’s action has opened a floodgate of related actions,” Dean tweeted.

Harvard Law constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe agreed.

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.

Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.

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