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Turkey's crucial role in the Middle East may be changing after the failed coup against President Erdogan. The team sent to assassinate him hasn't been found yet. We hear about potential repercussions for NATO and the United States.

Also, President Obama slams Donald Trump's view of America. Later on the program, Donald Trump from, "Morning in America" to a dark and stormy night.

Obama Slams Trump's View of America 6 MIN, 32 SEC

President Obama said today he didn't have time to watch the Republican convention, but he did have a response to Donald Trump's dark and stormy vision of contemporary America. Challenging Trump's assertion that the US is on the verge of collapse, the President emphasized, "We're not gonna make good decisions based on fears that don't have a basis in fact and that  I think that is something, I hope, all Americans pay attention to."

Nahal Toosi, who covers foreign affairs and politics for Politico, has more on the President's remarks.

Nahal Toosi, Politico (@nahaltoosi)

After the Coup in Turkey: A State of Emergency 33 MIN, 25 SEC

Since the failed coup just a week ago, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rounded up some 10,000 soldiers, academics and government workers. A more extended purge is expected, even as Turkish officials reassure NATO allies it will continue to meet international obligations. But the nation is sharply divided between cities and countryside, between secularism and religion. There are fears for democracy. Meantime, Turkey demands that the US extradite Fethullah Gülen, accused by Erdoğan of orchestrating the coup. 

At this morning's news conference, when asked about the demand for Gulen's extradition to Turkey, Obama told reporters, "I told President Erdoğan that they should present us with evidence that they think indicates the involvement of Mr. Gülen or anyone else who's here in the United States and it would be processed in the way that it is always processed."

Hugh Naylor, Washington Post (@HughNaylor)
Soner Cagaptay, Washington Institute (@sonercagaptay)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Ömer Taşpinar, National War College / Brookings Institution

Naylor on Turkey increasing pressure on US to extradite cleric accused of coup links
Naylor on Turkish authorities' emergency powers, 'cleansing' after failed coup
Cagaptay on Turkey's troubling turn
Wilson Center profile of Fethullah Gulën
Brookings Institution on the geopolitics of Turkey's failed coup

Republican Convention Wrap-Up 9 MIN, 56 SEC

Donald Trump's vision of America is a major departure from the traditional sunniness of the GOP. The Republican Party may be sharply divided, but delegates on the convention floor last night were enthusiastic about Trump's dark vision of contemporary America. After indulging in a bit of fear-mongering, Trump declared, "I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it."

We get perspective from Tim Naftali, a former director of the Nixon Library who teaches history and public service at New York University, and from Walter Shapiro, a columnist for Roll Call and a lecturer at Yale University who is covering his tenth presidential campaign.

Tim Naftali, New York University (@TimNaftali)
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)

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