Donald Trump’s campaign denied that the presidential nominee insinuated gun owners might use force to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing certain justices to the US Supreme Court. Rio 2016: Swimmer Michael Phelps won his 21st gold medal and the US women’s gymnastics team won gold for the second consecutive summer games. And meet the two teenagers who are making thousands of dollars from Justin Trudeau hoaxes.
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Donald Trump said Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” could potentially stop Hillary Clinton from naming justices to the Supreme Court.
“If she gets to pick her judges, there’s nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day,” the Republican presidential nominee said. (The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects people’s right to bear arms.)
Trump said it was crucial to stop Clinton from being elected to ensure a majority of conservative justices on the Supreme Court.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he believed Trump’s comment was “just a joke gone bad.” But BuzzFeed News spoke to some Trump supporters who didn’t think he was kidding. And here’s what other supporters thought about his comment.
A video produced by CREDO, first shared with BuzzFeed News, traces Clinton’s opposition to the trade agreement between the US and 11 other Pacific Rim countries and asks viewers to sign CREDO’s petition.
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Rio Day 4: US swimmer Michael Phelps won his 21st gold medal, the US women’s gymnastic team was on ~fire~, and the diving pool has turned green.
The US women’s gymnastics teamwon gold for the second consecutive summer games on Tuesday.
American swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky won gold medals in the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter freestyle, respectively. (And have you been wondering WTF cupping is? We’ve got some answers)
Defending gold medalist Serena Williams lost during the third round of the tennis singles tournament in Rio.
Colombian weightlifter Óscar Figueroa won his first gold medal, took his shoes off, and then immediately retired.
What it’s like to live in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown.
Turkey’s attempted coup on July 15 left hundreds of people dead and injured, pushing a NATO country that is among the world’s 20 largest economies to the brink of chaos.
Before the night of the coup, Suat Sari was a fresh-faced 20-year-old conscript in the Turkish army. He was fulfilling his mandatory military service at a garrison near the district of Kartal, at the eastern edge of Istanbul. Now he is locked up in prison, recovering from at least two bullet wounds and a broken nose — he’s being held on suspicion of participating in the failed coup attempt against the Turkish government. BuzzFeed News’ Borzou Daragahi reports from Istanbul.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. They’ve “patched up a damaging quarrel, pledging to restore close economic relations,” BBC News reports. It was also their first face-to-face meeting since Turkey shot down a Russian jet in November, leading to a huge war of words between the two countries.
While Facebook banned the coordination of private gun sales in January, BuzzFeed News reporter Alex Kantrowitz was still able to find and buy an AR-15 variant, a gun similar to the ones used in the mass shootings in Sandy Hook and Aurora.
By and large people aren’t selling guns illegally on Facebook. This isn’t a black market. The gun sales orchestrated on Facebook are just happening in violation of Facebook policy.
But it’s because of incidents like Dallas that activists have begun highlighting guns posted for sale on Facebook. It is precisely because so many people use Facebook, they argue, that the platform is an inappropriate place for weapons to be bought and sold.
“The whole experience led me to question Facebook's firearms policy,” Kantrowitz writes. “If the company believes eliminating private guns sales on its platform will decrease gun violence, why not strictly enforce the policy? And if it doesn’t, why have the policy at all?”
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US news: Four more people in Miami have contracted Zika, raising the total number of locally transmitted cases in the US to 21. Undocumented immigrants with no criminal record continue to be targeted for federal detention despite reforms meant to curb the practice. And a report due out today is expected to reveal that the Baltimore Police Department violated residents’ civil rights and targeted black members of the community.
The Nauru files: Leaked documents reveal the extent of child abuse in Australia’s offshore detention centers.
Irom Sharmila is breaking the world’s longest hunger strike after 16 years. She protested a draconian law that allowed India’s security forces sweeping powers and she became a symbol of nonviolent resistance.