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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is still planning on participating in an anti-terror finance meeting with Saudi Arabian officials later this month, despite a flood of reporting supporting claims that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was gruesomely murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, reports The Washington Post. The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Why it matters: The meeting with Saudi security officials and their Middle Eastern counterparts in Riyadh later this month is different from the Saudi Future Investment Initiative (FII), which Mnuchin and several other high-profile companies and individuals have withdrawn from. However, according to the Post, the meeting Mnuchin plans to attend at the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center would include participation by Saudi security services that are being linked to Khashoggi’s disappearance.

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Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.