Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 18. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) denied to CBS News' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that he ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But he said Khashoggi's killing had been a "mistake."

Why it matters: Per CBS, this is the crown prince's first on-camera interview about Khashoggi's murder. A CIA report concluded with "high confidence last November that MBS did order the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October 2018. A UN investigator recommended in June a further probe into the crown prince's role.

The big picture: President Trump and members of his administration have publicly stood by the Saudis, though several Republican and Democratic senators believe MBS was complicit in what happened.

  • AP notes that 11 people were charged in Khashoggi's killing and that Saudi Arabia put them on trial in a secret hearing, but nobody has been convicted for his death.
  • A judge in New York ordered federal agencies last month to urgently release thousands of pages of documents related to Khashoggi's killing.

Go deeper: Trump administration bars 16 Saudis from U.S. for role in Khashoggi murder

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Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.