Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Than. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Qatari officials paid at least $275 million to get back hostages being held by Iraqi kidnappers, and an additional $150 million to "intermediaries," which the U.S. has designated as sponsors of international terrorism, the Washington Post's Joby Warrick reports.

Why it matters: Warrick writes that Qatar has "consistently denied reports that it paid terrorist organizations as part of the deal," but records obtained by the Post paint a different picture. President Trump spoke about how Qatar has stopped its funding of terrorism when Qatar's emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, visited the White House earlier this month.

The details: Text messages and other records obtained by the Post reveal millions of dollars being set aside for, and paid to, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a Kata'ib Hezbollah boss, and Iranian and Iraqi officials.

  • Per WaPo, a senior Middle Eastern official said "the sums mentioned in the texts referred to proposals that were floated by negotiators but ultimately rejected."

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Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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