Ted Cruz Doubles down AGAINST Donald Trump… His parties nominee…

Ted Cruz is STILL running AGAINST Donald Trump….

And he seems to have NO problem helping Hillary Clinton even if he says he won’t vote for her….

Cruz is trying to draw political blood for the attacks Trump dropped on him during the Republican primaries it would seem…

Cruz is takig it personally…

Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in daring and dramatic fashion on Wednesday, telling Republicans to “vote your conscience” in a 20-minute snub that played out in slow motion on national television.

Cruz’s rejection exposed the raw rifts still festering inside the Republican Party, overshadowed the planned coming-out speech for Trump’s vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, and all but guaranteed that Republicans would depart Cleveland a party divided.

Boos rained down on Cruz, and his wife had to be escorted from the hall amid verbal taunts in an unreal scene that marked an end to a surreal primary season.

“We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love,” Cruz said. “That is the standard we should expect from everybody.”

It was a standard that Cruz determined Trump did not meet.

“Don’t stay home in November,” Cruz told the audience. “Stand and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

But he wouldn’t say Trump’s name.

In doing so, Cruz handed Hillary Clinton and the Democrats a potentially devastating cudgel of a slogan — “vote your conscience” — with which to hammer Trump all the way through November. Clinton grabbed it immediately, tweeting the phrase and a link to a voter registration page.

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Trump advises he’d only help NATO countries that pay their share…

HUH?

Is this the same guy that has knocked President Obama for being soft on Foreign Affairs?..(Republicans have been arguing for MORE American TROOPS around the world….Trump does NOT  Agree?)

Is this the guy that would make ‘America Great Again?’

Is Trump telling other countries…”go it ALONE?’

Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, said Wednesday that if he were elected, he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies about conducting purges of their political adversaries or cracking down on civil liberties. The United States, he said, has to “fix our own mess” before trying to alter the behavior of other nations.

“I don’t think we have a right to lecture,” Mr. Trump said in a wide-ranging interview in his suite in a downtown hotel here while keeping an eye on television broadcasts from the Republican National Convention. “Look at what is happening in our country,” he said. “How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?”

During a 45-minute conversation, he explicitly raised new questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked, saying he would first look at their contributions to the alliance. Mr. Trump re-emphasized the hard-line nationalist approach that has marked his improbable candidacy, describing how he would force allies to shoulder defense costs that the United States has borne for decades, cancel longstanding treaties he views as unfavorable, and redefine what it means to be a partner of the United States.

He said the rest of the world would learn to adjust to his approach. “I would prefer to be able to continue” existing agreements, he said, but only if allies stopped taking advantage of what he called an era of American largess that was no longer affordable….

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Trump IS gonna be asked about if as President would he support this countries agreements and treaties and NOT as money exchanges…

This would mean that Trump would have to abandon his business does this make me money view for American Foreign Affairs…

Update….

Here’s the link to the transcript of the interview….

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Mike Pence makes the case for Trump…

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, headlined Wednesday's event. But all eyes were on Ted Cruz earlier in the evening for his refusal to endorse Donald Trump.

The Indiana GOP Governor is 180 degrees from Donald Trump….

He didn’t speak much about himself…

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence forcefully made the case for a Donald Trump presidency in a highly anticipated speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night that was overshadowed by a surreal incident involving Ted Cruz.

Pence, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, thrilled the crowd in Cleveland with direct hits against Democrat Hillary Clinton and at times flashed a self-deprecating sense of humor.

He was confident and tan, standing easily against a light blue background that matched his tie and smiling as the crowd burst into chants of “we like Mike!”

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced Pence with a glowing review of his time in Congress and executive experience in Indiana. Trump joined his running mate on stage as the crowd sent them off with a standing ovation.

“We have but one choice, and that man is ready. This team is ready, our party is ready, and when we elect Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States, together we will make America great again,” Pence said as he closed out his 30-minute speech.

It was a strong national introduction for Pence, who is largely unknown outside of Indiana.

But Pence’s big moment was overshadowed to a large extent by the ugly scene that took place on the convention floor just an hour before…..

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Republicans are wishing Hillary Clinton Hurt….

Not just Benghazi or Email Hurt…..

But HURT.

There have been aerial signs reading “Hillary for Prison,” rallying cries of “lock her up,” misogynistic souvenir swag mocking her body parts and, in a violent turn, a public call for Hillary Clinton to be executed….

Hillary Clinton’s responsibility for the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 has been a regular topic of conversation among Republicans, and on Tuesday Al Baldasaro, a delegate for Mr. Trump from New Hampshire who advises him on veterans issues, suggested that she had committed treason.

“This whole thing disgusts me — Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” Mr. Baldasaro said on The Kuhner Report radio show….

Mr. Baldasaro had no regrets about the remark on Wednesday, telling WMUR of Manchester, N.H., that he would also be satisfied with other forms of execution. “As far as I’m concerned, it is treason and the penalty for treason is the firing squad — or maybe it’s the electric chair now,” he said.

The U.S. Secret Service later said it was investigating the matter….

If execution is taking things too far, sending Mrs. Clinton to prison is another popular wish at the Republican National Convention.

The chants of “lock her up!” echoed through Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night when Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general advising Mr. Trump, ripped into Mrs. Clinton for her “careless” use of a private email server as secretary of state.

“Lock her up,” he said, rousing the crowd. “You’re damn right. There’s nothing wrong with that. Lock her up! You know why we’re saying that? If I did a 10th of what she did, I would be in jail today.”…

“Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model someone who acknowledges Lucifer?” Mr. Carson asked. “Think about that.”

One of the most emotional attacks on Mrs. Clinton came from Patricia Smith, whose son was killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack. On the first night of the convention, she called Mrs. Clinton a liar who was responsible for her son’s death.

“For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of this cynicism the tragedy in Benghazi has brought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton,” she told the cheering crowd on Monday. “I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”

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Ted Cruz does NOT endorse Donald Trump…Day Three…2016 GOP Convention…

And he got booed for telling the Republican Convention audience before him to ‘vote their conscience’…..

The 2020 GOP Presidential Primary race has begun in earnest…..

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got booed off the stage Wednesday.
The Texas firebrand delivered a prime-time address at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and urged Republicans to vote their conscience in November, prompting disapproval from the thousands of Republicans on the floor of the convention.

“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said, a plea that suggested he was about to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump. But he didn’t.

“If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience,” Cruz said.

“Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

Cruz’s return to the national spotlight — he had been largely silent since he returned to the Senate following a brutal primary loss to the real estate mogul in May — focused on his message of America flourishing under the leadership of a true constitutional conservative.

“Heidi and I are so honored to join you here in Cleveland, where LeBron James just led an incredible comeback victory. And I am convinced America is going to come back, too,” Cruz said at the outset of his remarks. He spoke for more than 20 minutes before he was booed off the stage.

Cruz has remained one of the GOP’s most prominent holdouts even as other former Trump rivals offered tepid endorsements of the controversial Republican nominee….

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Red State on the Trump Republican Nomination….

Donald Trump’s Nomination Is A Farce And A Sham

The most egregious example of the RNC and Priebus protecting Trump came when THEY awarded all 40 of Utah’s delegates to Donald Trump, a guy who got a whopping 14% of the vote in Utah back in March. All of Utah’s delegates are supposed to be for Ted Cruz, who won Utah’s primary in a landslide.

Next Priebus and company did the exact same thing with Washington DC’s 19 delegates. They were supposed to go 10 Rubio, 9 Kasich and the Districts delegate on the Rules Committee was assured that that was want would happen tonight. Instead of honoring the vote, the RNC pulled a fast one on the DC delegation and gave Trump all 19 delegates, delegates he did not earn.

If that protectionism of Trump wasn’t enough the RNC also monkey’d around with Alaska’s delegation and once again Priebus and crew awarded ALL 28 delegates to Trump, when he was only supposed to get 11, Ted Cruz was to get 12, and Marco Rubio 5.

Even the Iowa delegation got in on the act as the states GOP chairman and his team did what they promised they’d do in June and gave all 30 of Iowa’s delegates to Trump, despite the fact that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses and many of Iowa’s delegates were very openly #NeverTrump.

Ever Since Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race following the Indiana primary Donald Trump’s been virtually guaranteed getting the 1,237 delegates needed to be the GOP presidential nominee, barring any freeing of the delegates to vote their conscience; an effort Priebus and the RNC insured wouldn’t happen at both the rules committee last week and again Monday when they refused to allow a roll call vote on the rules.

Thus, Trump doesn’t need any protecting, especially not tonight.

But, protect Trump they did….

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Melania Trump’s speechwriter steps forward….

So much for the notion that Donald Trump’s wife actually wrote her speech….

She didn’t….

Meredith McIver did…..

With the unrelenting media push for someone to take a hit for the use of Michele Obama words from back in 2008 in Melania’s speech 

The Trump campaign has no choice but to deal with this….

Donald Trump is known for his loyalty …But he’s running for President….SOMETHING HAD to be done….

McLver says she offered to quit….

Trump himself says NO….

It’s now up to the media….

If they relent?

Mclver is ok…..

If not?

The woman who wrote Melania Trump’s convention speech took responsibility on Wednesday for copying portions of a 2008 convention speech delivered by first lady Michelle Obama.

In a statement, Meredith McIver said that she had offered to resign as an in-house writer for Trump, but that the presumptive GOP nominee for president refused to accept it.

“This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos that have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama,” McIber said in her statement. “No harm was meant.”

Talk of Melania’s speech has dominated the convention since reports emerged late Monday night that a portion of the address was strikingly similar to Obama’s.

The controversy has been a distraction at the GOP convention, dominating media narratives as late as Wednesday morning, when CNN anchor Chris Cuomo accused Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of lying about the speech.

McIver said that while working on the speech, Melania Trump told her that she was inspired by the first lady and had always liked Michelle Obama. She then read some passages of Obama’s 2008 speech to her over the phone…..

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Wisconsin voter ID law set aside by Federal Judge…

…from the Hill….

….In the 44-page ruling, [Judge] Adelman says there are likely thousands of qualified Wisconsin voters who do not have an identification. It would be “impossible or nearly impossible” for some of those voters to obtain a free identification card offered under Wisconsin’s 2011 voter ID law, he wrote.

“Although most voters in Wisconsin either possess qualifying ID or can easily obtain one, a safety net is needed for those voters who cannot obtain qualifying ID with reasonable effort,” Adelman wrote.

Adelman said the plaintiffs suing over the identification law were “very likely to succeed” in challenging the law’s constitutionality as the court case continues.

Sean Young, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, which led the lawsuit, called the ruling a major win.

“This ruling is a strong rebuke of the state’s efforts to limit access to the ballot box,” Young said in a statement. “It means that a failsafe will be in place in November for voters who have had difficulty obtaining ID.”…

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Majority of America prefer an Experienced Politician for their President…Poll…

Donald Trump does NOT fit that description ….

Hillary Clinton DOES.

Americans prefer experience to outsider status in the next president and also give it a higher priority in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a potential challenge for Donald Trump as he builds toward the general election campaign.

The public by 55-41 percent prefers a president with “experience in how the political system works” over “someone from outside the existing political establishment.” Most Democrats want experience, while independents are split and most Republicans prefer an outsider.

Among those who prefer experience, moreover, 78 percent call it extremely or very important to them. Among those who prefer an outsider, fewer, 54 percent, call it highly important.

The experience/outsider division among registered voters is closer, 51-45 percent. Again, though, there’s a priority gap: Seventy-seven percent of registered voters who are focused on experience call it highly important, vs. 55 percent of those more interested in an outsider…..

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Chris Christie might be on Clinton’s case…But back home Jersey ain’t happy with him AT ALL….

New Jersey Republican  Governor Chris Christie is spending time in Cleveland, Ohio at the GOP Presidential convention….

He didn’t get the Trump Vice President job…..

Bridgegate is back in the news….

Are those some of  the reasons he went after Hillary Clinton last night?

OR…..

Is it because  back in New Jersey?

He has SHUT DOWN ALL of the state ‘s road construction ……

ALL….

Due to shortfall’s in the state budget that he will have work with Democrats to fix?

In true Chris Christie fashion?

He is making a LOT of people UnHappy with him

 

I guess misery loves company , eh?

A deal over transportation financing appeared near last month, but Mr. Christie and Democratic leaders in the State Senate could not agree over which tax cuts to pair with a 23-cent increase in the gas tax. On Monday, Mr. Christie told reporters in Cleveland that he had rejected a new financing proposal from Stephen M. Sweeney, a Democrat and president of the State Senate, and would meet with Mr. Sweeney after the convention. Mr. Sweeney’s office said that Mr. Christie had not offered his own counterproposal.

Since Mr. Christie ordered the shutdown, he has been preoccupied with a series of political setbacks. Last week, David Samson, his longtime friend, pleaded guilty to using his position as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for his personal benefit. A day later, Mr. Christie was passed over to serve as Donald J. Trump’s running mate.

At the Morris Avenue bridge in Summit, residents complained of rerouted traffic filling quiet neighborhoods with the sounds of revving engines and honking horns. On Monday afternoon, a group of teenagers walked down the sidewalk as they sought a way around the closed bridge.

Jim Jorgensen, 50, a financial analyst who lives in Summit, walked past the idle construction site.

“How long does it take to build a bridge?” he asked.

The project in Hoboken had been underway for just two days when Mr. Christie ordered the shutdown, Mr. Kennelly, the Hoboken spokesman, said. Workers had begun chipping away at the old concrete on the bridge, one of two that connect Hoboken and Weehawken just south of the Lincoln Tunnel.

“Our main concern was that we found ourselves in a tricky position because it is very difficult to get in and out of Hoboken,” Mr. Kennelly said. “We wanted to try to manage things so that we didn’t increase any period of time of aggravation.”…

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The Kasich could have been the Trump VP story…

The NY Times is out with a piece that seems to have been sent to them to make Ohio Governor Kasich and Donald Trump, Jr. look important….And point to a truism about Donald Trump and his lack of focus on any details….

As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald, Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply…..

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What will Ted Cruz do?

It’s day three of the 2016 GOP Presidential Convention….

Donald Trump and the RNC made quick work of the Anti-Trump movement….

It seem’s that our friend here Jack could be right….

Except for the die hards?

The Grand Ole Party IS moving to back Donald Trump….

This doesn’t mean they everybody is FOR Trump…

A good amount of Republicans aren’t…

But as Chris Christie pointed out last night….

Almost ALL of the Republicans ARE AGAINST a Hillary Clinton Presidency…And THAT makes Trump their man….

With this going on?

Does Ted Cruz join the line?

Does he come out against Clinton as a diversion?

Is for the sake of ‘the party’ enough to get him?

Hmmmmmm?

“I think it’d be better if he did, I really do,” said Sue Cleveland of the Texas delegation, who said she volunteered for Cruz and donated to his campaign. “I think Cruz will really ensure his bright future if he does come together and say, ‘This is for our party.’ We need to unify and get behind the candidate, Donald Trump.”

It’s a painful proposition for Cruz, whose bitterness toward the now-nominee is barely concealed after the ugly final stretch of their primary battle — and whose allies are already eyeing 2020.

The Texas senator exited the race in May hours after a heated press conference in which he called Trump “a serial philanderer,” a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral,” after Trump tried to link Cruz’s father to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was the final salvo in a string of personal attacks that also targeted Cruz’s wife.

Trump’s remarks were egregious, Cruz’s supporters say, and hard to get over. But they argue that it’s time for all Republicans to look ahead to the general election and unite to stop Hillary Clinton.
“I do see he has difficulties because there were harsh words uttered about Cruz and his family,” said Kathy Rogers, a Texas delegate and Cruz backer in the primary. “But I do believe he has the good of the party in mind, and I hope he would support the nominee and support the country by getting rid of Hillary.”….

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Republicans forgot the Economy tonight…..

The second night of the 2016 GOP  Presidential Nomination Convention WAS supposed to be about the American Economy….

It WASN’T….

Wasn’t even close…..

They DID spend a LOT of time talking about Hillary Clinton….

On their “make America work again” evening dedicated to jobs and the economy, Republicans needed to connect with Americans’ still-very-real economic pain without falling into the trap of painting an excessively dark and unrecognizable situation.

Instead of rising to that challenge, they talked about Benghazi.

On the economic troubles afflicting the American middle class, they have nothing to say.

Anything but a jobs plan

Well, not just Benghazi. Former attorney-general Michael Mukasey spoke extensively about Hillary Clinton’s email server troubles. Chris Cox from the NRA explained that Clinton would be insufficiently zealous in safeguarding Americans’ right to firearms ownership. Both the governor and the attorney general of Arkansas were on hand to talk in a totally non-specific way about alleged corruption from way back in the day. I think one of them mentioned Clinton Foundation fundraising.

Then Natalie Gulbis showed up to share with us some words of advice that Donald Trump once shared with her: “in everything you do be fearless.”

Then Trump himself, via videoconference with a poor audio connection, popped by to promise the restoration of law and order.

And then of course came the showstopper — Chris Christie’s mock trial of Hillary Clinton, punctuated by repeated choruses of “lock her up.” Christie displayed his very real skills as a showman, and demonstrated a command of the room that’s been rare across the 2016 Republican convention. As a red meat speech, it was one of the finest delivered in years. It was also in many respects horrifying.

But whatever you make of it, it wasn’t about jobs and the economy…

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Nate Silver
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We’ve confirmed that “Hillary” and “Clinton” were the 2 most common words spoken tonight. “Work” was tied for 10th.

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Polling Update for July 18 and 19, 2016….

Clinton’s Real Clear Politics National Election’s Polling average is + 2.7% better than Donald Trump….She’s up +5% in Michigan….

Trump is up+1 in two polls….

President Obama is +2.6 in his RCP approval avergae….

NY US Senator Schumer is up +32 %…..Clinton+12% in NY in Trumps’s home Empire state….

Tuesday, July 19

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

LA Times/USC

Clinton 42, Trump 43 ....Trump +1

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

NBC News/SurveyMonkey

Clinton 46, Trump 45 …..Clinton +1

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

NBC News/SurveyMonkey

Clinton 39, Trump 40, Johnson 10, Stein 5….. Trump +1

New York: Trump vs. Clinton

Quinnipiac

Clinton 47, Trump 35. …..Clinton +12

New York: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Quinnipiac

Clinton 45, Trump 33, Johnson 6, Stein 4 …..Clinton +12

New York Senate – Long vs. Schumer

Quinnipiac

Schumer 60, Long 28 ….Schumer +32

President Obama Job Approval

Monmouth

Approve 49, Disapprove 47…. Approve +2

President Obama Job Approval

Gallup

Approve 49, Disapprove 46 …..Approve +3

President Obama Job Approval

Rasmussen Reports

Approve 49, Disapprove 50 …..Disapprove +1

 

Monday, July 18

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

Economist/YouGov

Clinton 45, Trump 41 ……Clinton +4

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Monmouth

Clinton 45, Trump 43, Johnson 5, Stein 1 …..Clinton +2

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Economist/YouGov

Clinton 40, Trump 37, Johnson 5, Stein 4 …..Clinton +3

Michigan: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

MRG

Clinton 34, Trump 29, Johnson 3, Stein 2…. Clinton +5

President Obama Job Approval

Economist/YouGov

Approve 45, Disapprove 49 …..Disapprove +4

….for more införmation of the above Real Clear Politics....

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September 26 Presidential Debate will be held at Hofstra University…

Wright State University has pulled out of the debate choices.due to insufficient financial resources……

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live in New York….

Hofstra is on Long Island  , New York….

Wright State University is pulling out of its presidential debate scheduled for September 26, and the debate will move to Hofstra University, sources confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

Wright State University President David Hopkins told the Dayton News, which first reported the story, that the university decided to pull out of the debate due to rising security concerns and costs.
He said insufficient fundraising forced the university to pull out of the debate, which could have cost the university as much as $8 million, according to the Dayton News.

Hofstra University, which hosted a presidential debate in 2012, will instead host the first debate between the general election candidates…….

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The world waits while the Turkish President does his ‘cleansing’…

The number of Turkish citizens, cops, judges  and solders ‘detained’ has climbed thru 20,000…..

THE POST-COUP CRACKDOWN CONTINUES IN TURKEY:

— The government has fired or detained nearly 20,000 bureaucrats and suspended annual leave for more than 3 million civil servants. More than 7,500 others have also been detained. From Erin Cunningham and Hugh Naylor: “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters now say that they face an unprecedented threat and that the campaign to root out traitors is necessary to restore the rule of law. But the sheer scale of the purge in the days since the thwarted coup has alarmed Turkey’s allies in the West and raised fears that the NATO member is on a slide toward ever more authoritarian rule. Rights advocates warned that the swift roundup of so many bureaucrats indicated that the arrests were based on little to no evidence. Such a vast detention or expulsion of employees at key state institutions may encourage rather than prevent more instability.”

— The foreign policy chief for the European Union said Turkey won’t be able to join the E.U. if it reinstates the death penalty against coup plotters. “No country can become a partner state if it introduces the death penalty,” she said. (Carol Morello)

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