Photo: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C) participates in the opening ceremony for a new Trump shopping mall in Istanbul, April 19, 2012 (VOA)
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Today a gunman armed with a pistol shot and killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara as he was addressing a crowd of journalists. Russia's Foreign Ministry is calling the killings a terrorist attack. This comes at a time of protests in Turkey over Russia's involvement in the war in Syria.
Tulin Daloglu, the founder of Halimiz.com, an online publication focused on Turkish affairs, says that while speculation is plentiful, details are still sparse.
The 538 members of the Electoral College cast their votes today for a Commander-in-Chief with the most extensive potential conflicts of interest in the history of the presidency. Watchdogs say the law requires Donald Trump to sell off his holdings, but he's postponed addressing the issue until January, tweeting that his sons will run the business -- the same sons that are deeply involved in the Trump transition team. Democrats, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren, have vowed to hold Trump to the standard of a little known constitutional principle, the Emoluments Clause, claiming it gives grounds for impeachment if Trump doesn't fully divest himself of his holdings. Why are Republican voters seemingly unconcerned with the blurring of the lines between the Trump Organization and the White House? With a Republican controlled Congress who can hold the President accountable?
Zephyr Teachout, Fordham University (@ZephyrTeachout)
Jonathan Tobin, National Review / Federalist / Jewish News Service (@jonathans_tobin)
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek (@kurteichenwald)
Vivian Yee, New York Times (@VivianHYee)
Police across the nation say that more and more they are encountering people with ultra-real looking weapons. In just two years there have been 86 deaths in police killings of people brandishing very realistic replica guns.
John Sullivan is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post, which has embarked on the first investigation into the problem in 25 years, since Congress tried to address the issue of police violence involving toy guns.
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