Well, that was awkward.

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October 21, 2016


The candidates awkwardly roasted one another in one last showdown. A US soldier died supporting Iraqi forces in their advance on Mosul. Hyperpartisan pages are consistently feeding millions of followers false or misleading information.

 

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In case you missed it: Trump and Clinton roasted each other at a charity dinner and it was awkward AF

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Donald Trump delivered a stinging speech Thursday night at what was supposed to be a light-hearted charity event with a series of personal attacks on Hillary Clinton, drawing boos from the audience.

Clinton took a different tone. She praised the money raised for Catholic charities and the need for Americans to come together with respect — even if they disagreed on issues.

The Al Smith Dinner is where candidates traditionally make jokes about each other and share a stage one last time before the election. This one, like this whole election, was definitely ~memorable~.

 

And a little extra

Trump also said he would “totally accept” the election results….if he wins.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

A US Soldier was killed in Iraq, as the fight to take back Mosul from ISIS continues.

The US lost its first soldier in the Mosul offensive on Thursday. The Pentagon said the service member was killed in a bomb blast while helping Iraqi forces, The New York Times reports. 

ISIS fighters put up a fierce resistance as Iraqi special forces attempted an advance on the fourth day of battle, according to Al Jazeera. 

For reference, here's what you need to know about the biggest battle against ISIS in Iraq.

 

Iraq’s Golden Division Special Forces moving toward Erbil from Baghdad to get ready for the Mosul offensive, Oct. 11, 2016. Warzer Jaff / BuzzFeed News

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

You should probably think before you trust the news you see on Facebook.

Hyperpartisan Facebook pages and websites are consistently feeding millions of followers false or misleading information, BuzzFeed News has found.

The review of more than 1,000 posts from six large pages on the right and left found that the least accurate pages generated some of the highest numbers of shares, reactions, and comments— far more than the three large mainstream political news pages analyzed for comparison.

The right-wing pages are among the forces — perhaps as potent as the cable news shows that have gotten far more attention — that helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump.

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • More Trump allegations: Karena Virginia, a yoga teacher from New Jersey, said Thursday that Donald Trump groped her and made a sexual comment about her appearance during the 1998 US Open.

  • International relations: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he would “separate” from the US on Thursday during his trip to Beijing, his strongest signal yet that he could break with decades of US-friendly policies.

  • In the UK: England’s National Health Service is under pressure to explain a “homophobic” response to a court ruling about an HIV prevention drug.

  • Environment: The Australian government’s annual report card on the health of the Great Barrier Reef has given it a mark of “D” for the fifth year in a row.

  • Tech: Amazon’s second-generation Fire TV Stick is now available.

  • KKW robbery: Here are the six big questions we have after Kim Kardashian West’s robbery.

  • Starbucks Uncle: Hong Kong is experiencing intense flash flooding and rainstorms as the city braces for Super Typhoon Haima. Yet this guy casually had a cup of coffee during a flood and became a huge meme.

WEEKEND READS

The anti-Nate Silver: As the final weeks of the presidential campaign devolve into accusations of conspiracy and fraud, the most-talked about Trump supporter might be Bill Mitchell, a poll-hating Twitter pundit who has no official role with the campaign.

Meet Fancy Bear: For the first time in history, Washington has accused a foreign government of trying to influence the US election. BuzzFeed News investigates the Russian group accused of hacking the US election — and finds they’ve been practicing for this moment for a long time.


I’m With Him: BuzzFeed News speaks to the women who are standing by Donald Trump, no matter what he says or what other women say he’s done to them.

Brendan Smith

 
 

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