Washington (CNN)Donald Trump ruled out Thursday a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the United States, walking back comments he made earlier this week in which he appeared open to the idea.

But the Republican nominee declined in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to clarify whether he would still forcibly deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US — a major tenet of his immigration platform — after he suggested this week he was “softening” on the idea.
    “There’s no path to legalization unless they leave the country,” Trump said after an event in Manchester, New Hampshire. “When they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and then come back.”
    Trump said that on his first day in office, he would authorize law enforcement to actively deport “bad dudes,” such as those who have committed crimes, which he said numbered “probably millions.” But he declined to flatly say whether he would round up other undocumented immigrants, stressing that once the initial deportations occur, “then we can talk.”
    “There is a very good chance the answer could be yes,” Trump said when asked if he would deport those who have lived here peacefully but without papers. “We’re going to see what happens.”
    Trump’s comments are the latest turn in a now-daily recalibration of his position on immigration, which Trump said he would crystallize in a speech next week. During the primary, Trump advocated unequivocally for deporting undocumented immigrants, and the shifts he has hinted at would be a highly-scrutinized flip on a trademark issue.
    Trump had said earlier this week that he would be open to a “softening” on immigration, and made a series of comments that indicated a path to legalization was likely as long as they paid taxes accumulated from their time living here illegally. Yet Trump now seems to be reverting to his original plan — one derided as a “touchback” policy in which those without proper papers must return home before re-entering the country.
    Yet it was now unclear to what length Trump would go to execute those deportations.
    “It’s a process. You can’t take 11 at one time and just say ‘boom, you’re gone,'” he told Cooper, floating the idea that as many as 30 million people could be living here illegally, a projection well beyond most analysts’ figures. “I don’t think it’s a softening. I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.”
    On Wednesday, Trump suggested he would allow exceptions to let some undocumented immigrants to stay in the US, vowing he wouldn’t grant them citizenship but telling Fox News, “there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.”
    Trump continued: “No citizenship. Let me go a step further — they’ll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them,” Trump told Sean Hannity when asked if he would allow for exceptions to his long-held position.
    At the same event with Hannity, Trump, who over the weekend met with Hispanic advisers, said about his immigration policies: “There could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people.”

    Calls Clinton a “bigot”

    Trump also defended calling Clinton a “bigot,” arguing that her policies are a personal reflection because she knows they are destined to fail minority communities.
    Trump and Clinton are each portraying the other as discriminatory toward African-Americans, with Trump charging on Wednesday evening that the candidate herself was hateful. Pushed by Cooper if Trump meant to make a personal argument about Clinton as opposed to a policy argument, Trump doubled down.
    “She is a bigot,” he said. “She is selling them down the tubes because she’s not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game. But she doesn’t do anything.”
    Asked if he believed Clinton personally hated black people, Trump claimed: “Her policies are bigoted because she knows they’re not going to work.”

    Says he’s not familiar with the alt-right

    As Clinton tarred him with representing the “alt-right” at a speech in Reno, Trump offered his own pushbacks, saying he was not well-acquainted with the fringe world that Clinton said had essentially merged with his campaign.
    “There’s no alt-right or alt-left. All I’m embracing is common sense,” Trump said. “We’re bringing love.”
    Asked about his controversial new campaign chief, Steve Bannon, who had praised the movement when at Breitbart News, Trump drew some distance: “I don’t know what Steve said. All I can tell you: I can only speak for myself.”

    Plans to visit several African-American churches

    And as Trump makes his most overt pitch to African Americans, Trump said he himself plans to visit several black churches in the next two weeks, including one trip to Detroit.
    “I can fix the inner cities,” Trump said. “She can’t.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/25/politics/trump-no-legal-status-for-undocumented-immigrants/index.html


    (CNN)Even a not-so-pricey drug can add up to a nightmare expense when it needs to be refilled every month.

    The $600 price tag on EpiPens, $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi and the $750-per-pill price increase on the AIDS drug Daraprim have spurred outrage over pharmaceutical drug costs. To get prescription medicines for less, many people try these six tricks.


      LowestMed, a freebie, helps you compare prescription drug prices at local stores. Type in the name of your drug, and this app, which claims it will find discounts as high as 85%, will compare prices in your area. Prescription Saver, another free app, performs nearly the same service, with the added benefit of giving directions to the nearest cost-saving pharmacy.
      The OTC Plus, designed by board-certified doctors, is essentially a matchmaking app joining an over-the-counter medication to a list of your particular symptoms. This free app also shows you how to read medicine labels and sends coupons to your cell phone.
      Finally, the big-time players such as Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid each have free apps for customers. These help customers fill and refill prescriptions and show weekly discounts on pharmaceutical prices.

      Online pharmacies

      “In January 1999, Soma.com became the first pharmacy to operate via the Internet and sell medicines directly to the consumer,” Mackey noted in a paper published this year. Today, an estimated 35,000 online pharmacies operate globally.
      Digital drugstores may work to your benefit … or deliver death directly to your door via UPS.
      “If you go to online pharmacies, there’s a host of drugs they sell,” said Mackey, who noted among the plethora of available options are “products you shouldn’t be able to get,” such as drugs in critical shortage, vaccines and controlled substances.
      Make no mistake that excellent online pharmacies exist, selling FDA-approved medications to people with prescriptions. To verify a website, the FDA recommends looking for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites Seal and then visiting the website to confirm.

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      Mackey suggests Legitscript, an internet security company that uses computational methods to determine whether a particular site is complying with laws and regulations.
      In the virtual world, you cannot trust that an online pharmacy with an address in Saskatchewan, Canada, is real. You need to check a pharmacy’s legitimacy; otherwise, you may unknowingly purchase counterfeit drugs or real drugs that have expired.
      “You’re taking a risk,” said Mackey, “Expired or counterfeit, the drug’s not going to be effective when you use it.” For a drug intended to be life-saving — such as an EpiPen — unless it’s the real deal, you could die.
      “The reason online pharmacies exist is because there’s a demand,” Mackey said.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/25/health/where-to-get-cheap-drugs/index.html


      Washington (CNN)Donald Trump defended Thursday calling Hillary Clinton a “bigot,” arguing that her policies are a personal reflection because she knows they are destined to fail minority communities.

      Trump and Clinton are each portraying the other as discriminatory toward African-Americans, with Trump charging on Wednesday evening that the candidate herself was hateful. Pushed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if Trump meant to make a personal argument about Clinton as opposed to a policy argument, Trump doubled down.
        “She is a bigot,” he said. “She is selling them down the tubes because she’s not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game. But she doesn’t do anything.”
        Asked if he believed Clinton personally hated black people, Trump claimed: “Her policies are bigoted because she knows they’re not going to work.”
        In an interview with Cooper on Wednesday, Clinton responded to Trump’s initial slam by saying he was “taking a hate movement mainstream. He’s brought it into his campaign.”

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/25/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-bigot/index.html

        (CNN)Jeb Bush hammered Donald Trump Thursday after the Republican presidential nominee appeared open to major shifts on his immigration platform — several of which echoed the former Florida governor’s during the GOP primary fight.

        “All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into,” Bush said in a radio interview with Rita Cosby of WABC. “It’s kind of disturbing.”
          When the two men were competing in the Republican presidential primary, Trump advocated for deporting millions of undocumented immigrants and blasted politicians like Bush who wanted to allow some to stay and seek legal status as long as they met a wide range of criteria.
          Now Trump is apparently signaling a major shift in his policy, saying that he’s open to working with undocumented immigrants rather than deporting them all. They won’t be allowed to pursue citizenship, he said in a Fox News town hall Wednesday night, and they’ll have to pay taxes.
          Some have noted that Trump’s comments are starting to sound more in line with policies that Bush proposed — stances that Trump used to bash him during the primaries.
          “I don’t know what to believe about a guy who doesn’t believe in things,” Bush said. “His views will change based on the feedback he gets from a crowd or what he thinks he has to do. Life is too complex.”
          During the primary, Bush repeatedly argued that Trump’s deportation idea and proposal to build a wall along the border were “unrealistic” and wouldn’t come to pass. Although Trump is suggesting a shift in his deportation policy, he maintains he will still put up a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
          When pressed on whether he was changing his policy, Trump argues that he’s still going to enforce border laws. “We’re going to have all the laws obeyed. We have laws in this country, they’re very strong but nobody uses them. We’re going to obey the laws of the country,” he said in an interview with WFLA in Tampa on Wednesday.
          Bush said he was “happy” that Trump was starting to get serious about reaching out to minority voters – a core component of Bush’s own presidential campaign — and called it a “very healthy thing for our party.”
          But he didn’t express much faith that Trump would be consistent. Calling Trump’s views “ever-changing,” Bush said the GOP nominee is beginning to sound like a typical “politician,” a label that Trump vehemently loathes.
          “For me I couldn’t do that. I have to believe what I believe, and if it’s popular, great, if it’s not, I try to get better at presenting my views. Shifting my views because it’s political to do it? That’s what politicians do in this country, that’s what Trump is trying to do right now,” Bush said. “I find it abhorrent.”

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/25/politics/jeb-bush-donald-trump-immigration/index.html

          (CNN)A US Navy official told CNN four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels conducted a “high-speed intercept” of the USS Nitze in waters near the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday, deeming the incident “unsafe and unprofessional.”

          The official said two of the vessels slowed and turned away only after coming within 300 yards of the US guided-missile destroyer as it transited international waters near the Strait of Hormuz, and only after the destroyer had sent multiple visual and audio warnings.
            The incident is only the latest in a series of all-too-close encounters with Iran in the region since December. These brushes have included Iranian rocket launches, drones flying over US vessels and the capture of US sailors in January. They come against the backdrop of renewed US diplomatic contacts with Iran, which has triggered a political backlash among Iranian hardliners, including the powerful IRGC.
            In the wake of Tuesday’s incident, the Nitze and US Naval Forces Central Command have determined that the Iranian vessels were violating international law and maritime standards, acting dangerously and unprofessionally.


            That signal — five short blasts of the ship’s whistle — is used when another vessel’s intentions are not understood or its indicated course is dangerous. At the same time, the Nitze also used visual warnings, firing 10 flares in the direction of the approaching vessels. Again, the destroyer got no response, the official said.
            Despite the Nitze’s close proximity to off-shore oil rigs, the ship altered course to move away from the approaching Iranian vessels and avoid a potential collision. Only after the two Iranian vessels had closed to within 300 yards of Nitze did they slow their speed before ultimately moving away.
            The intercept was another tense incident between the longtime foes over the past year.
            In December, as part of a life-fire exercise, Iran’s military fired a rocket near the American aircraft carrier, the USS Harry Truman.
            And in January, the IRGC captured 10 American sailors when their two Riverine Command Boats accidentally strayed into waters near Iran-controlled Farsi Island, in the Persian Gulf. The sailors were released soon after.
            Later that month, Iran reportedly flew an unarmed drone over a US warship, a move that a US navy official called “abnormal and unprofessional.”
            In July, Iranian ships sailed close to USS New Orleans while Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of Central Command, was aboard.

            Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/politics/iranian-vessels-come-within-300-yards-of-us-destroyer/index.html

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            (CNN)How much profit should drug companies make? The question might seem a little abstract, something that belongs in a business journal. But it’s one that is increasingly affecting all of us. That was abundantly clear in the wake of the latest price hike controversy to hit the headlines.

            Drug company Mylan has raised the price for EpiPen, which it bought nine years ago, from less than $100 in 2009 to around $600. The drug rapidly treats allergic reactions, for example to bee stings. But the medicine — epinephrine — is generic and cheap, and the device (essentially a syringe without a needle) has been around since the 1970s. EpiPen long ago earned back many times the cost of its research and development, meaning the huge jump in price is essentially profit.


              Countless patients and doctors have described the new price as outrageous. It does appear to be. But it also raises broader ethical issues.
              Unfortunately, there is no inherent cap on drug prices. Drug companies invest money in developing and investigating new chemicals that will hopefully help patients. Alas, most new experimental medications prove ineffective, and companies therefore have to invest in many potential new drugs to find one that actually works. All that costs money, and so drug companies certainly deserve to earn a profit.
              But how much? And should a company be allowed to squeeze needy patients for as much as it wants?
              Since Hippocrates in ancient Greece, health care has been seen as a noble art, in which physicians should treat patients — even those who are poor — and put the interests of the patient first. Physicians generally follow the principles of beneficence, of helping patients and not harming them.
              It seems increasingly, though, as if many drug companies don’t follow such principles. Indeed, greed seems to be the prime motivating factor.
              Some might argue that they are private entities, and therefore under no obligation to put the consumer first. The trouble with this argument is that vast amounts of taxpayer money has gone into research to help pharmaceutical companies develop drugs.
              The Orphan Drug Act of the 1980s, for example, spearheaded by former Rep. Henry Waxman, used government funds to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases that these companies were otherwise ignoring. Waxman himself recently said drug companies are now abusing this act.
              EpiPen is hardly a lone example. For example, drug makers priced hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni to $1,000 a pill.
              Many drug companies say they charge these prices to cover the costs of research and development. But the reality is that many companies are spending more on advertising than they are on these other expenses.
              Some economists have argued that drug companies should be able to charge an amount that will allow them to earn, say, 10 times the cost of research and development of a new drug. And you would think that would be enough. But in the case of EpiPen and other medications, companies are charging what they want — and often much more.

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              In a humane society, a certain basic amount of health care is — or should be considered — a human right. If your house is on fire, you don’t first have to give firefighters your credit card number before they go to extinguish the flames. Similarly, most would surely agree that certain goods and services should be as widely available as possible, not based on your ability to pay.
              Sadly, unless action is taken, the prices of ever more drugs can be expected to skyrocket. Cases like EpiPen underscore the need for a broad discussion of pricing issues among policymakers, government officials, health care providers, drug companies, insurers and the public at large.
              How much should drug companies charge, who should decide and how? And how much is too much? More transparency is desperately needed. That will allow us to have the conversations we should all be having around this issue, discussions that will benefit all of us, not just those seeking to make huge profits.

              Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/opinions/drug-company-pricing-klitzman/index.html

              Washington (CNN)Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in North Carolina, a state solidifying its position as a perennial presidential election battleground, while Trump holds a 5-point lead in the traditionally GOP-tilting state of Arizona, according to new CNN/ORC battleground state polls.

              Trump is the choice of 43% of registered voters in Arizona, while Clinton stands at 38%, followed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 12% and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 4%. In North Carolina, Clinton stands at 44%, Trump at 43% and Johnson at 11%. Stein will not appear on the ballot there.
                Looking at the narrower pool of those likely to turn out in November, the race doesn’t change significantly in either state. Trump’s lead in Arizona widens slightly to 7 points, while the 1-point difference between the two candidates in North Carolina shifts to a tied race. Likely voters become a more meaningful subgroup as the election gets closer and voters settle on whether they will turn out and whom they will support.
                North Carolina could be critical to Trump’s campaign, given recent polling suggesting Clinton holds a wide lead in neighboring Virginia and in Pennsylvania. Should those electorally-rich states remain off the board, North Carolina’s 15 votes become more important for Trump’s path to victory.
                The education gap among white registered voters that has been among the sharpest electoral divides in pre-election polling on this race thus far continues in both states, but it is nearly twice as wide a gap in North Carolina as in Arizona. Clinton tops Trump by 8 points among whites with college degrees in North Carolina, but Trump tops Clinton by a whopping 42 points among those whites without degrees in North Carolina, meaning the education gap there stands at 50 points. In Arizona, Trump is ahead in both groups, by a statistically insignificant 2 percentage points among those with degrees and a far wider 30 points among whites without degrees, making for a 28-point gap between the two groups.
                Both North Carolina and Arizona also illustrate the challenges Trump may face in his newly launched effort to appeal to minority voters. In North Carolina, more than 20% of the electorate was black in 2012, and about 18% of Arizona voters were Latino, according to exit polls in each state.
                In the new polls, Trump trails by a wide margin in both subgroups. Among blacks in North Carolina, 88% say they support Clinton, 7% Johnson and just 3% Trump. Among Hispanic voters in Arizona, 57% back Clinton, 20% Trump, 15% Johnson and 5% Stein. A key component of Trump’s pitch to these groups is his claim to be able to improve their economic situation, yet in both states, non-whites broadly trust Clinton over Trump on handling the economy, with Hispanics in Arizona breaking 61% to 36% in Clinton’s favor and blacks in North Carolina breaking 85% for Clinton to 12% for Trump.
                There’s a gender gap between Clinton and Trump in North Carolina, but women and men in Arizona are largely on the same page. Women break 48% to 40% in Clinton’s favor in North Carolina, while men break 47% Trump to 40% Clinton. In Arizona, women and men both favor Trump by narrow margins, 4 points among women, 5 points among men.
                Trump’s lead in Arizona is also bolstered by support from independent voters, who back him by a 41% to 27% margin, with 20% behind Johnson. In North Carolina, independent voters are more evenly split, 40% Trump to 38% Clinton with 18% behind Johnson.
                In both states, Trump has an edge over Clinton as more trusted to handle both the economy and terrorism, two top issues for voters nationally. Voters in both states say Clinton is better able to handle foreign policy. In Arizona, where immigration policy has been a front-and-center issue for years, Trump holds a 6-point lead as more trusted on that issue, and he also narrowly tops Clinton by 3 points on handling health care. Arizona has been deeply affected by insurers curtailing their presence in the health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with Pinal County becoming the first in the nation where no insurers are selling their policies on the exchange there.
                In North Carolina, Clinton and Trump are about even on who would better handle immigration (49% choose Trump, 47% Clinton), and Clinton has a 5-point lead on handling health care.
                Clinton’s position in North Carolina is bolstered by a sense that she can better handle the responsibilities that come with being commander in chief (50% trust her vs. 43% who trust Trump on that score) and that she better shares voters values (47% think Clinton does, 42% Trump). Trump tops Clinton as more honest and trustworthy (49% to 39%), and 11% say neither major party candidate for president has the edge on honesty.
                In Arizona, the share who see neither as honest and trustworthy rises to 16%, and Trump continues to top Clinton on that measure (49% to 33%). The two are closer on shared values in the western battleground (44% Trump to 43% Clinton), but Clinton holds a 5-point lead as a better commander in chief. Among veterans, however, Trump tops Clinton on that in both states. In Arizona, veterans say Trump would better handle being commander-in-chief by a 56% to 35% margin; in North Carolina, it’s a narrower 49% to 42%. Trump also holds an overall lead in veterans’ vote preference in both places.
                President Barack Obama’s rising approval ratings have been a boon to Clinton nationally, though in these two states, the President’s ratings remain mixed. Among registered voters in North Carolina, 49% approve and 49% disapprove, while in Arizona, they tilt toward disapproval, 51% disapprove and 46% approve. Those North Carolina marks represent an improvement for the Democratic President compared with 2014, when majorities disapproved of his work as president just before that year’s midterm elections.
                Both states also feature high-profile races for the Senate in addition to the presidential battle this year. In Arizona, John McCain, the former Republican nominee for president, holds healthy leads over the Republican challengers he will face in next Tuesday’s primary election and over his likely Democratic opponent in November, Ann Kirkpatrick. McCain tops Kelli Ward by a 55% to 29% margin among likely Republican primary voters, while he tops Kirkpatrick by a 52% to 39% margin among registered voters.
                In North Carolina, the race between incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross is near-even; 49% of registered voters back Burr, 46% Ross. Burr holds a slightly larger 5-point lead among those likely to turn out in November. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory trails his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper in that race, with Cooper up 6 points among both registered and likely voters.
                The CNN/ORC polls in Arizona and North Carolina were conducted by telephone August 18 through 23. In Arizona, 1,003 adults were interviewed in English or Spanish depending on the respondent’s preference, including 842 registered voters. In North Carolina, the sample of 1,009 adults included 912 registered voters. The margin of sampling error for results among registered voters is 3.5 percentage points in each state.

                Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/politics/arizona-north-carolina-polls-trump-clinton/index.html

                Washington (CNN)Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to reassure Turkey that the United States has its back, less than two months after a failed military coup that Ankara has blamed on a 75-year-old Muslim cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.

                “I can understand how some of your countrymen feel the world didn’t respond to their existential crisis rapidly enough or with the appropriate amount of solidarity and empathy,” Biden said following a two-and-a-half hour meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “That’s why I wanted to be personally here and was asked by the President to personally represent him to tell you and your colleagues and countrymen how very, very sorry I am” about what the nation experienced.
                  A strain in relations — Turkey’s request that the US extradite the cleric, Fethullah Gulen — was a key part of the agenda during the vice president’s brief visit to the country.
                  According to a US aide, Biden, in a meeting with the Turkish Speaker smail Kahraman, said he “wish(ed) Gulen were in another country” but added in his meeting with Erdogan that the United States will abide by its system of extradition according to law and extradition treaties.
                  “We will abide by our system. We will continue to abide by the system and, God willing, there will be enough data and evidence to be able to meet the criteria that you all believe exist,” Biden said, according to reporters traveling with him.
                  Erdogan, however, firmly called for Gulen’s extradition, claiming that the cleric manages a terrorist organization from Pennsylvania.
                  In a press conference at ankaya Palace following his meeting with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier in the day, Biden said the US was committed to helping the Turks bring to justice those responsible for the coup attempt.
                  “We are cooperating with Turkish authorities,” Biden said, referring to the extradition request. “We have no, no, no interest whatsoever in protecting anyone who has done harm to an ally, none. But we need to meet the legal standard requirement under our law.”
                  Some in Washington privately doubt Gulen’s involvement and have been critical of the heavy-handed Turkish government response to the coup attempt.
                  The fallout has left US-Turkish relations at their most fragile point in decades.
                  Erdogan and his Islamist AKP have taken positions contrary to American preferences even as Washington depends on its NATO ally for support on a host of regional issues, ranging from fighting terrorism to dealing with Syrian refugees and foreign fighters who transit through the strategically located country.
                  The trip comes as Turkey launched a new campaign Wednesday to clear ISIS from a border town in northern Syria after recent attacks in the region that the government has blamed on terror groups.
                  In the wake of the coup attempt, Turkish leaders have accused the US of insufficient support for the government and even alleged possible American involvement — which the Obama administration has strenuously denied.
                  Yildirim said Wednesday that while the Turkish government accepts the US assertion that it wasn’t involved, there may be some people in the country who believe differently and he pointedly suggested the successful extradition of Gulen could affect those perceptions.
                  “The US administration, President Obama and Mr. Vice President as well, have clearly and explicitly condemned the coup attempt,” Yildirim said, indicating he accepted the validity of their words.
                  But he continued, “There might be different opinions among the people,” which he said the extradition of Gulen would “in a short amount of time return or rectify the people’s perception back to their normal positive situation.”
                  Biden stressed Wednesday that the decision of whether to extradite Gulen would be handled by a judge, not the President. Such a move would be an impeachable offense, he said, noting that US legal experts are working closely with Turkish officials to review relevant evidence to be supplied to an American court.
                  The vice president also expressed “admiration” to the Turkish people for taking to the streets during the coup attempt to “take back” their democracy.
                  “The people of Turkey have no greater friend than the United States of America,” Biden said. “We’ve seen that borne out each time we stand together to face down threats to our shared security and common values.”
                  The Turks have submitted four extradition requests for Gulen, but all of them were related to allegations of criminal behavior that predated the coup attempt, said a senior administration official who briefed the press traveling with Biden.
                  The official said the Turks had not yet provided extradition requests related to Gulen’s alleged involvement with the coup attempt on July 15, nor provided evidence of his connection to it.
                  Gulen has denied any involvement in the failed coup, which left more than 200 people dead.
                  The Department of Justice is taking the extradition request “very seriously” and has more lawyers on the case than any recent extradition request they have handled, according to the senior administration official. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that some Justice Department officials were set to travel to Turkey this week to meet with their counterparts to review some of the materials that have been produced by Turkish officials.
                  Within Turkey, Erdogan has launched a massive crackdown on judges, teachers and journalists whom the West sees as unlikely to have joined with the military officers behind the plot. The effort has raised significant human rights concerns.
                  Biden said he had addressed the issues in his meetings with Turkish leaders Wednesday.
                  “They plan on making sure their constitutional principles are adhered to and that the rule of law will prevail,” Biden said. “Remember the confusion after 9/11? Let’s give this some time. Let’s give them some time. I believe they mean what they say and so let’s move on.”
                  Maintaining strong relations with Turkey is particularly important as the US and coalition countries battle ISIS. At one point after the coup attempt, the Turkish government temporarily cut off power to Incirlik Air Base, which Biden called a “linchpin” of US anti-ISIS efforts. US forces have relied on Incirlik for launching air strikes and conducting surveillance and reconnaissance missions against the terror group.
                  Biden said he regretted not being able to travel to Turkey sooner to show solidarity with the Turkish people and the Turkish government.
                  Before the new conference, the vice president also toured the parliament building, badly damaged by air strikes during the coup attempt, with the Speaker of Parliament Ismail Kahraman and Biden noted the psychological impact the damage has on the public.
                  “This is devastating, can you imagine if this happened at home?” Biden said after seeing windows blown out by the blast, broken glass and rubble in the complex’s courtyard. “Can you imagine what the American public would be saying or doing?”
                  Biden later talked about the damage “striking at the heart of Turkish democracy” and said he was thankful the speaker had not been in his office when the building was struck.

                  Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/politics/joe-biden-turkey-coup-us-support/index.html

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                  Washington (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to fill in his supporters on his next moves Wednesday night during a livestream address to his supporters.

                  The address, in which Sanders will discuss “Our Revolution,” a group that intends to further his progressive political movement, marks his first remarks to supporters since his speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, which served as the official end to his presidential campaign.
                    Sanders will beam onto computer screens from a flash studio in Vermont, the same location where he gave his “Where We Go From Here” speech at the end of June after meeting with President Barack Obama and then his primary challenger, Hillary Clinton.
                    Our Revolution will function as a 501(c)(4), a tax-exempt non-profit. Sanders sent his first fundraising email for the new organization to supporters at the beginning of the month.
                    “We are building a new organization called Our Revolution. Our goal will be the same as in our campaign: we must work to transform American society by making our political and economic systems work for all of us, not just the 1 percent,” he wrote on August 3.
                    Our Revolution will focus on involving new progressives into politics, even as local as school board and city councils. It’s a message Sanders fervently preached as his campaign was ending.
                    “All of you know that election days come and go but what is much more important is that political and social revolutions continue,” he said in a rambunctious town hall in New York City at the end of June.
                    The organization’s first mission has been fundraising for the primary opponent of former Democratic National Committee chief — and Sanders nemesis — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tim Canova.
                    Our Revolution will be lead by Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, who will function as the president of the organization. Sanders’ former bodyman, Shannon Jackson, will work as the executive director.

                    What to expect from Sanders

                    Weaver said the senator will focus on talking to Bernie 2016 supporters and discussing familiar issues from the campaign trail. He’ll also explain the goals of Our Revolution to Bernie supporters who were bitter by the end of his presidential campaign.
                    The slow end of the Sanders campaign was viewed by some in the campaign as a good way to ease die-hard fans into the idea of Clinton as the Democratic nominee. Weaver, for his part, is not concerned that Bernie supporters might be losing interest or steam now that Sanders is no longer in the race.
                    “I think that Bernie Sanders’ supporters were strongly motivated by that desire to see progressive change. I’m confident they will want to remain involved and I’m very confident that we will be able to retain the level of excitement,” he told CNN.
                    Despite positive spin from Weaver, the organization itself is already experiencing some turmoil. Buzzfeed first reported that eight members of the organization recently quit. Weaver confirmed to CNN that seven had left, saying one person thought they were going to leave but decided to stay.
                    Weaver said he was not sure if Sanders would mention Clinton and his desire to see Donald Trump defeated. Sanders has voiced several full endorsements of Clinton in recent weeks.

                    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/politics/bernie-sanders-our-revolution-livestream/index.html

                    Los Angeles (CNN)Hillary Clinton is picking up cash — and snapping playful photos with former N’Sync members — during a fundraising blitz in California this week.

                    Clinton headlined an event at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday afternoon that brought up $3.36 million, according to ticket prices and attendance figures provided by the campaign.
                      In the process, Clinton, Biel and Timberlake snapped four photos in a photo booth during the fundraiser, including one where Clinton is making a kissing face with the actress and her singer-songwriter husband.

                      Look who came over for lunch… #imwithher

                      A photo posted by Jessica Biel (@jessicabiel) on

                      Clinton’s photo booth fun was posted by Biel after the event. “Look who came over for lunch,” the actress wrote.
                      The event at Timberlake’s home was a star-studded affair. In addition to the hosts, actress Jennifer Aniston, singer Jamie Foxx and actor Tobey Maguire were all there. Scooter Braun, the talent scout and agent who discovered Justin Bieber, co-hosted the event.
                      Leonardo DiCaprio, the Academy Award-winning actor, was supposed to host the fundraiser, but had to ask Timberlake, a friend, to step in for him when work on a movie in New York got in the way of his event with Clinton.
                      On Monday, Clinton headlined two more events in California, headlining a 500-person reception at Hall of Fame NBA player Magic Johnson’s home and then a dinner at the home of Haim Saban, the owner of Univision.
                      Actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson co-hosted the event with Johnson and Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, co-hosted with Saban.
                      Meg Whitman, the former HP CEO and Republican California gubernatorial candidate, attended the event at Saban’s house as well, a source who attended the event told CNN.
                      Whitman, a longtime Republican, endorsed Clinton earlier this month, saying in a statement that she would vote for and donate to Clinton. She paid $50,000 to attend Monday night’s event, the source said.
                      The two Monday night fundraisers raised at least $6.3 million, according to ticket prices and attendance figures.

                      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/23/politics/hillary-clinton-justin-timberlake-jessica-biel-magic-johnson/index.html