Photo: Turkish President Erdoğan meets US President Barack Obama during the 2014 Wales summit in Newport, Wales, September 5, 2014. (DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett)
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In recent days Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has been signaling he'll "soften" his position on immigration. But last night he seemed to do an about face on the issue in a Fox News Town Hall with Sean Hannity.
Aaron Blake, who covers national politics for the Washington Post, helps us sort it all out.
Turkey is a NATO partner and a key American ally in the Middle East. At one point President Obama even saw President Erdogan as a role model for Muslim leaders. Not anymore. Washington's been watching nervously as Erdogan has turned increasingly autocratic. Anti-American sentiment in Turkey has snowballed in the wake of last month's failed coup, which many Turks blame on an exiled Muslim cleric living in the US. Vice President Biden was in Ankara yesterday to smooth over strained relations, but can the growing rifts be healed given these two nations' clashing alliances in the fight against ISIS?
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)
Henri Barkey, Lehigh University / Wilson Center (@hbarkey)
Pinar Tremblay, Al Monitor / California State Polytechnic University Pomona (@pinartremblay)
Aaron Stein, Atlantic Council (@aaronstein1)
Crowley on the strained US-Turkish relationship
Barkey on the Russian-Turkish relationship
Tremblay on how Erdogan spins flaws into gold
Stein on Turkey's intervention in Syria
Washington Post: Biden needs to give Erdogan some tough advice
Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the Zika virus
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Zika is spreading to the US, with cases on the rise in Florida and travel-related cases in Texas, North Carolina and Alabama – all states with strict laws that ban abortion after 20 to 24 weeks. Now there's evidence that Zika could change public opinion and politics around late-term abortions. Pregnant women infected with Zika have a high risk of giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain, is usually detected after 20 weeks. Tresa Undem is a pollster with PerryUndem and an expert on American's opinions about abortion.
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