What we know about the NY/NJ bomber

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September 20, 2016 

Suspected New York and New Jersey bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami has been charged with five counts of attempted murder after a shootout with police. Hillary Clinton is struggling to convince skeptical young voters. And we chatted with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about national security, the Keystone pipeline, and…Drake.

 

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The suspected New York and New Jersey bomber has been caught and charged. 

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was charged Monday with five counts of attempted murder after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. He was spotted sleeping in the doorway of a bar after authorities released his name and photo, saying he was wanted in connection with Saturday’s bombings in Manhattan — 29 people were injured — and New Jersey.  

While the motive is still unclear, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “we have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” and President Barack Obama warned of the “big danger” of the continued radicalization of US citizens by ISIS.

 
Ahmad Khan Rahami

Ed Murray / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

 

What we know about Rahami

He’s a US citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived with his family above their fried chicken restaurant in New Jersey. A lawsuit filed by the family had alleged anti-Muslim discrimination by neighbors and local police.

He was remembered as very funny and a “class clown” by a high school classmate, who said he “got along with everyone” and “was a very nice kid.”

Rahami traveled to Afghanistan about four years ago and came back wearing traditional Muslim clothes, grew a beard, began praying during work, and became “a completely different person,” one friend told the New York Times.

For the first time, the New York City Police Department used cell phone alerts to hunt for the bombing suspect. And New Yorkers are being pretty chill about the bombing, so everyone ~calm down~.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

The US presidential election — welcome to the 50-day homestretch.

 
"The image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first," Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.
 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS? 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with BuzzFeed News on Monday.

He discussed a series of pressing issues: national security, climate change, refugees…and fellow Canadian citizen Aubrey Graham, aka Drake.

The prime minister hasn’t met Drake, but he’s a “big fan” and thinks he’s quite the dancer (same, Trudeau, same). “He does a really good job of what he does, or so my kids say,” Trudeau said, “and I do a decent job of what I’m doing.”

As far as the fixation on his looks goes: “I’m a man. People can criticize me and I still won’t know half or a quarter of the discrimination that a woman in business or in politics or just walking down the street will face,” he told BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith

As far as the fixation on his looks goes: “I’m a man. People can criticize me and I still won’t know half or a quarter of the discrimination that a woman in business or in politics or just walking down the street will face,” he told BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. BuzzFeed News 

Latvia’s president says there’s no need for a European Union army.

Discussion of an EU army has revived since the United Kingdom, which stood against a more integrated defense policy, voted in June to leave the European Union.

“I have been a minister of defense, and I can say my personal opinion is that we don’t need a European army,” Raimonds Vējonis said in an interview with BuzzFeed News on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. “We need to strengthen our national armies, yes. Because the largest part of EU countries are NATO members, we are investing a lot in strengthening and development of our national armies.”

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis poses for a portrait on Sept. 15, 2016, in New York.

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis poses for a portrait on Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. Bryan Thomas for BuzzFeed

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From left: Ron Howard, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. In the new documentary, Howard has managed to collect never-seen-before moments from fans who sent in any camera rolls they had. BuzzFeed

 
 

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