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Saudi Arabia says it can live with the Iran nuclear deal after all — especially since President Obama has promised new military assistance. As the US bolsters the traditional alliance, critics are raising questions about the Kingdom's human rights record, the bombing of Yemen and the money that helps spread a radical form of Islam.

Also,Congress comes back to talks of a shutdown. On today's Talking Point: Angela Merkel says, "the world is watching," but other countries of Europe are not following Germany's lead when it comes to accepting refugees  now and for the foreseeable future.

Photo: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) departs the West Wing of the White House after meetings with President Barack Obama in Washington September 4, 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

Producers:
Christine Detz
Sarah Sweeney
Paul von Zielbauer

Congress Comes Back to Talks of a Shutdown 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Congress is back in Washington with a lot of unfinished business to accomplish in just three weeks until this session is over. Getting today's attention: three more Democratic senators say they'll support the nuclear deal with Iran. James Hohmann reports for the "Power Post" section of the Washington Post.

Guests:
James Hohmann, Washington Post (@jameshohmann)

Saudi Arabia: Friend or "Frenemy?" 35 MIN, 45 SEC

Likely passage of the nuclear deal with Iran has created tension between the US and its traditional Middle-East ally -- Saudi Arabia. Last week at the White House, President Obama assuaged King Salmon with a massive new round of military assistance.

But Saudi money fuels the radical form of Islam espoused by ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups; 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudis. The Saudi record on human rights and the brutal bombing of Yemen also have some critics calling for caution.

More:
De Luce on King Salman's strategy in Washington
Human Rights Watch on King Salman's failure to improve Saudi Arabia's human rights record

The King's Messenger

David B. Ottaway

How Will Germany's Generous Response to Refugees Change the Country? 7 MIN, 37 SEC

While other countries in Europe are building walls and setting up police lines, Germany is urging widespread acceptance of refugees. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Germans to brace for an influx of refugees — promising to accept a half-million new people every year for the next five years. It's a big change for a country not previously known for its generosity. Constanze Stelzenmüller is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.


Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Federal Minster for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel
discuss Germany's overall strategy to deal with the rising influx of refugees
Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

Guests:
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Brookings Institution (@ConStelz)

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