But the Trump campaign says he ~does~ believe President Barack Obama was born in the US. How the crack epidemic crippled three generations of a family. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt stopped by BuzzFeed to talk about his new film Snowden.
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Donald Trump’s campaign said Thursday the Republican presidential candidate believes President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.
Hours later, in an apparent effort at damage control, Trump’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller released a statement saying, “Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.”
And some more election stuff
Ivanka Trump responded to Cosmopolitan after cutting off an interview with the magazineabout her father’s maternity leave policy. She said the magazine should focus on advocating change.
Hillary Clinton declined to answer repeated questions Thursday about when her vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, was told about her pneumonia diagnosis. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to win over young voters, according to a new poll, but the great Democratic freakout hasn’t happened ~yet~.
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Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has approved the UK’s first new nuclear power station in 20 years.
Hinkley Point C in Somerset, southwest England, will cost £18 billion (about $23.8 billion) to build. French firm EDF Energy and the Chinese government are footing the bill.
The new plant will eventually provide around 7% of all electricity in the UK, having a significant impact on the market. People living in the UK could expect means their energy bills to go up by around £10 to £20 a year.
The decision has been highly controversial, but the government needs a new plant to replace old and polluting infrastructure. —BuzzFeed News’ Simon Neville
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How the crack epidemic crippled three generations of a family.
BuzzFeed News’ Albert Samaha tracked three generations of the Johnson family and the ongoing impact of America's war on drugs and tough-on-crime era, which has steered disproportionate numbers of black and brown men down a path of incarceration.
The story follows the lives of Sheldon Johnson Sr., his son, Sheldon Johnson Jr., and the youngest of the three, also named Sheldon Johnson, who now must carry the burden of his name. The New York Daily News called him a “14-year-old punk.” The New York Post called him a “thug.” And the New York Times noted that the “police say he is a cold-blooded predator with little capacity for remorse.”
(The youngest) Sheldon Johnson at the apartment complex where he and his girlfriend are sharing a unit with his mother until they can get a place of their own. Bob Self for BuzzFeed News
Dollar Beard Club turned its Dollar Shave parody into a business.
A few hard-partying, bearded bros are challenging established business formulas one viral video at a time — and printing money doing it. After parodying the Dollar Shave Club’s launch video a little over a year ago, the Dollar Beard Club has made $12.9 million.
Rather than appeal to a man’s wallet with a shot of a founder walking around a warehouse and cracking jokes as Dollar Shave Club did (“Do you like spending $20 a month on brand-name razors? Nineteen go to Roger Federer”), Dollar Beard Club used the same format to appeal to his very identity (“You sure as hell won’t be receiving any fucking razors from us to demolish your manhood”). Both videos raked in millions of views on YouTube.
Though this may all sound like a Twilight Zone episode — a parody video filmed in a fake warehouse in which a bunch of bearded dudes build a real company in an actual warehouse — it is an emerging reality. Dollar Beard Club
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Sandra Bland’s family has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million. Bland, a black woman, died in police custody in Texas in 2015.
Samsung PSA: US officials are recalling about a million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones over danger of the phone’s lithium ion batteries overheating and exploding. Users are entitled to a replacement or a refund for their phones.
Snowden: An intelligence committee has released a scathing report attacking former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's motivations and the actions that led to his disclosure of classified government documents. And Snowden is out in the US and its lead actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stopped by BuzzFeed’s New York office to talk about the new film and mass surveillance programs.