Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell blasted Donald Trump in his private emails. Former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, 93, suffered a “massive stroke.” And we take a look at Apple’s new iPhone and operating system.
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Colin Powell called Donald Trump “a national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News.
In an August email sent to a journalist who was once his aide, Powell blasted the Republican nominee for embarking on a “racist” movement. The website DCLeaks.com — which, according to unconfirmed reports, has ties to Russian intelligence services — obtained Powell’s emails.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote in an email. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.” Paul Morigi / Getty Images
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Republicans are privately panicking at the “terrifying” prospect of a Trump win. “I’ve heard a lot of conservatives voicing frustration, like, ‘How fucking hard is this, Hillary?’” Ben Howe, a conservative ad-maker and an outspoken Trump detractor, told BuzzFeed News. “I’m losing faith in Hillary’s ability to win this easy-ass election.”
And Trump unveiled a child care plan on Tuesday that is likely to face some opposition from his own party, although his supporters believe the Republican nominee will figure out a way to pay for it without raising the national debt. The proposal would offer six weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers who do not already get leave from their employers.
The new operating system is now available for iPhones and iPads and features big updates to iMessage, the Photos app, and Siri. Default apps like the Stocks app can finally be removed from the homescreen. We repeat, you can now delete the Stocks app. This is not a drill. You are free.
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Former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, 93, suffered a “massive stroke.”
He was sedated and put on a respirator, the New York Times reports. Peres is in “critical but stable” condition, his doctor said. But, the newspaper reported, “his chances of recovery remained uncertain.”
There’s no guarantee the vote will actually happen. The government needs the opposition Labor party’s support to get the bill through parliament, and Labor is playing hardball. It says the vote is unnecessary and expensive, and will hurt LGBT people. So at the moment it looks like the bill will be blocked in the Senate, meaning gay Aussies still have no idea if or when they’ll ever be able to get married. —BuzzFeed Australia’s Rob Stott
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US Army officials told Chelsea Manning she will be provided with gender transition surgery, her lawyer told BuzzFeed News. Manning is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act.
A transgender immigrant from Mexico who’s been granted asylum in the US is suing Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and three Indiana officials over a law banning noncitizens from name changes.
And a new study shows that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease — blaming saturated fat instead. (You can read the Sugar Association’s response here.)