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A new report from CNN early Monday utterly destroys the Saudi cover story for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi with video evidence. Among the members of the hit team from Riyadh was a “body double” for the journalist who strongly resembled him – and who apparently changed into Khashoggi’s clothes and left the consulate after the murder.

Closed-circuit TV tape and surveillance video recorded by Turkish police – and obtained by CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward — show exactly how this aspect of the plot unfolded in real time.

If the body double’s image was to provide “proof” that Khashoggi had left the consulate unharmed, as the Saudis originally insisted, they never played that gambit. Presumably the Saudi authorities realized early on that the Turks were onto them, as Ward suggests.

Khashoggi’s death was no brawling “accident,” but a premeditated and grisly assassination. But you already knew that.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Reps. Matt Gaetz, left, and Marjorie Taylor Greene on their "America First" tour.

Photo from Rep. Matt Gaetz's verified Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

At a time when Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is facing a federal sex trafficking investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has jumped to his defense and joined forces with him for a fundraising tour. The far-right MAGA Republicans are both aggressive fundraisers, repeatedly stressing their unwavering devotion to former President Donald Trump. But according to Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger, the Gaetz/Greene tour has "spent four times as much as" it has raised.

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