Trump’s competing instincts on Iran: Big threats vs. eagerness to make a deal

The president is caught between a political imperative to confront Iran — pleasing hawkish Republicans and allies Israel and Saudi Arabia — and his own instincts against foreign intervention and toward cutting a deal.

Pentagon urges restraint to avoid conflict with Iran over Saudi strikes

Military leaders are concerned about the possibility of a costly fight even though no U.S. personnel or facilities were targeted.

Inaction on Kavanaugh sex misconduct allegations reignites political rancor

Democrats are angry about a Supreme Court confirmation process they feel was rushed, while Republicans are decrying what they view as more attempts to tarnish Brett M. Kavanaugh’s reputation.
Six men linked to militia or white supremacist groups beat DeAndre Harris, below. (AP and Timothy C. Wright for The Post)
Six men linked to militia or white supremacist groups beat DeAndre Harris, below. (AP and Timothy C. Wright for The Post)

The garage beating lasted 10 seconds. DeAndre Harris still lives with the damage.

A video of the attack during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville turned Harris into a symbol of racial strife. The aftermath left him traumatized. He has spoken little since then, and his fight for justice is still not over.
The Debrief

From ‘my generals’ to ‘my Kevin,’ Trump’s preferred possessive can be a sign of affection — or control

His reported referral to Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sissi as “my favorite dictator” provided the latest example of one of the president’s most common rhetorical tics.
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The House Oversight and Reform Committee’s sweeping request for documents follows growing scrutiny of whether Chao used her position to help a New York-based shipping company owned by her father and sisters gain favor with the Chinese government.
White House economists said officers could be used as part of an intensifying effort to address a recent spike in homelessness, but they declined to offer more specifics.
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If the Israeli prime minister returns to power and follows through on his promises, he may confirm a dark reality of the Israeli state.
No one initially claimed credit for the attack but it comes after a breakdown in peace talks with the Taliban, which has warned Afghans not to vote.
The president infused his speech with sweeping declarations of Latino support for his reelection, even though those claims belie polling data.
Sean Spicer, whose casting caused a furor, wore a neon ruffled shirt that was skewered on social media. The unimpressed judges gave President Trump’s former press secretary the second-lowest score.
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Kamala Harris grew up in a mostly white world. Then she went to a black university in a black city.

When anyone challenges her racial identity, the presidential candidate points to her four years at Howard University.
Retropolis

William F. Buckley Jr. vs. James Baldwin: A racial showdown on the American dream

A new book sheds light on a historic evening in 1965, when black author James Baldwin crushed white conservative William F. Buckley Jr. in a televised debate in Britain.
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A hurricane and a tweetstorm: The survivors’ story

A tale of two diverging storm systems — Hurricane Dorian and President Trump’s tweets — as told by the people who weathered them.
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