John Hudson

John Hudson


I cover diplomacy & national security for The @WashingtonPost | Tips: John.Hudson@WashPost.com or 202-334-9172 | Newsletter: https://t.co/FveMTxhPdo

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"I would be curious to see who did it," said the artist who commissioned the piece. "Someone doesn't like what it represents or how it looks." It was burned on the weekend of US Independence Day, meaning it was not a random "drunken act."

A Turkish court has ruled that the famed Hagia Sophia museum must return to its status as a mosque

My last international trip since COVID hit the US was Istanbul in February. The museum was under a lot of construction but as everyone knows, still utterly breathtaking

Scoop: Rep. Joaquin Castro will announce this week that he will compete for the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, per Hill aides. Comes as 60 progressive groups urge Pelosi not to cede the gavel to another hawk following Engel's reign

scooplet: The Trump administration's assistant secretary for diplomatic security, Michael Evanoff, just resigned, per letter to staff. He says he got a security job for a "multinational company" and his departure is effective next week

New: The @NAACP  responds to my report on Trump's nomination of a man involved in a racist political flier to be our next ambassador to Norway

Brits remain reluctant to wear face masks, despite having the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe

A pro-nudism activist in Germany sent an anonymous letter to the local mayor "threatening to poison the town’s lakes if nudist swimming rights were infringed upon"

Has anyone figured out the rationale behind this bizarre statement from Kim Jong Un's sister requesting a DVD from the U.S. containing 4th of July celebrations in America?

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We have confirmed the @nytimes ⁩ scoop: A Russian military spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan. From @nakashimae ⁩ @missy_ryan ⁩ me and @shaneharris ⁩

SCOOP: In a meeting last week, the Trump administration discussed conducting the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences and reverse a decades-long moratorium. 1/

Scoop: Trump's pick for ambassador to Norway did not disclose his involvement in the creation of a racist flier that distorted the features of a black politician in Georgia, darkened his features, gave him a large afro, prompted a libel suit 1/

US Park Police: It was a “mistake” to say no tear gas was used in Lafayette Square. "It was a mistake on our part for using ‘tear gas’ because we just assumed people would think CS or CN [two common forms of tear gas] " via @alexwardb 

The Geert Wilders account has since deleted his photo with Lindsey Graham, but I had the tab still open on my browser so here it is:

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NEW: The Turkish government has told U.S. officials it has VIDEO and AUDIO recordings that prove Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate

Here’s the audio of the US secretary of defense referring to American streets as the “battle space”

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