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US presidential election: Republican donors are panicking over Trump’s “rolling implosion.”
Prospective donors are having second thoughts about getting involved, while those who convinced themselves to get behind Trump are at their wits’ end over his behavior. BuzzFeed News’ Tarini Parti reports.
The Trump campaign will begin trying to mobilize black Republicans toward their cause this weekend in North Carolina. But it’s a long road ahead. “There was this [cringeworthy] moment every black Republican had about the Mexican judge,” a source briefed on the campaign’s efforts said. The Trump campaign also plans to focus on securing the support of black celebrities, entertainers, and reality stars, BuzzFeed News’ Darren Sands and John Stanton write.
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Trump said Hillary Clinton “should get an award” because she is “the founder of ISIS.” The Republican presidential nominee told a crowd of supporters in Florida that Clinton’s policies as secretary of state helped birth the terror group. The crowd then chanted “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
The New York Times has an unfiltered look at how Trump supporters express their views in angry ways.
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One woman died and five other people were injured in a stabbing attack in central London.
A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene Wednesday and is currently in custody, police said. The motive remains under investigation. London’s Metropolitan police said the man’s mental health seemed to have played a significant role.
US President Barack Obama commuted sentences of 214 people serving federal prison sentences on Wednesday.
It was the most commutations issued by a president in a single day since 1900. The move lowered sentences of convicts — many of whom are serving life sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.
People are calling for a cartoonist to be fired over his “racist” drawing.
The cartoon depicts an Aboriginal child being handed to a drunk Aboriginal man by a police officer. It appeared in The Australian newspaper and was drawn by resident cartoonist Bill Leak. The cartoon comes after footage of Aboriginal children being mistreated in juvenile detention centers in Australia’s Northern Territory shocked the world.
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Extreme weather: Hurricane Earl has made landfall in Belize, Central America, with winds up to 80 miles per hour. (BBC News)
Summer Olympics: Here’s what you should know about Zika if you’re going to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These sketchy anti-Zika products are under government scrutiny for false advertising. And meet 18 black women Olympians who have kicked ass on Team USA.
In the workplace: Apple’s employee diversity is improving, but it has a long way to go. The company remains 68% male and 56% white. And for the first time, the US Department of Labor has fined a major poultry supplier for denying hurt workers access to medical care. (BuzzFeed News)
ISIS: A Washington, DC, transit police officer has been arrested for attempting to support ISIS. The 36-year-old is the first US police officer to face a terror-related charge. And Australia is ranked third on the ISIS target list behind the US and France. (Here’s the full report.)
Off to space: For the first time, the US government gave a private startup approval to land a robot on the moon. It hopes to land it next year.
Waiting on Frank
Frank Ocean promised us an album in July. It’s August and we have no album. Then, on Monday, he set up a mysterious livestream on the album’s website that seemed promising, but answered ~absolutely nothing~. But then the New York Times got a hot tip that the album, Boys Don’t Cry, is coming out THIS FRIDAY(!). But do you believe it anymore?
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