You can’t say that this weekend hasn’t been interesting in the world of politics. From this side of the world to the east of Europe, there has been interesting developments, for better or worse. Between Trump, Turkey and the Rio Olympics, you can’t say that we’re lacking for news this weekend.
Anyway, it’s Sunday which means we have to do the other half of the weekend links. Let’s kick off with ESPN personality Michelle Beadle.
Is it possible that Donald Trump hurt his election chances with Independents more by picking Mike Pence as his running mate? (Sacramento Bee)
It’s an interesting choice because the two don’t agree on several important issues. Well, they didn’t agree but who can keep them tied to one position on an issue? (New York Times)
Trump is all about his branding. Somehow, a man so powered by his brand let a terrible logo be used for his campaign. (The Hill)
Hilary Clinton is appealing to Team Bernie with a new promise to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the Citizens United ruling allowing near limitless campaign funding. (Huffington Post)
The weekend started with a coup attempt in Turkey. Somehow, it failed despite the military backing it. As its allies talk about maintaining democracy, Turkey is detaining thousands of soldiers and judges. Sounds legit. (BBC News)
Here’s an interesting theory to follow-up on the previous link: What is President Erdogan was complicit with the coup to further quash secular interests in Turkey? (Abreu Report)
Want to know what goes into NASCAR development programs? Here’s an inside look with Kyle Larson’s father. (The Driver’s Project)
The IOC is stocking up for the Olympics. They aren’t getting equipment or the like. They’re stocking up on the equivalent of 45 condoms for each athlete. (SB Nation)
While the Athletes’ Village might be ready for “action,” Rio probably isn’t ready for an event of this magnitude. (Sante Fe New Mexican)