Friday, September 16, 2016

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Trump campaign acknowledges Obama born in the US

Donald Trump has yet to comment personally on 'birther' retraction; America's love affair with the gun; Hillary Clinton back on campaign trail after pneumonia

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Donald Trump on the Obama 'birther' issue: 'I'll answer that question at the right time.' Photograph: Darren McCollester/Getty Images

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Trump campaign acknowledges Obama born in the US

Donald Trump's campaign has acknowledged Barack Obama was born in the United States, bringing to near-conclusion a conspiracy theory that kickstarted his presidential bid. But Trump has yet say it himself. "I'll answer that question at the right time. I just don't want to answer it yet," he told the Washington Post. The Trump campaign also inaccurately blamed Hillary Clinton for the start of the false rumors about Obama's birthplace and took credit for the release of the president's birth certificate. Meanwhile, Trump told Dr Oz he feels as good now as he did at 30.

Donald Trump silent as campaign acknowledges Obama born in the US

America's deadly love affair with the gun

More: Gun nation: a journey to the heart of America's gun culture – video

In the 18 years since Zed Nelson's seminal photography book Gun Nation was published, 500,000 Americans have been killed by firearms in the US and have left many more injured. Now Nelson returns to the people he met and photographs them again for this penetrating Guardian documentary. Notwithstanding the "right to bear arms", Nelson seeks to understand the paradox of the gun – America's most potent symbol of freedom and one of its greatest killers – and why this nation sustains its seemingly insatiable appetite for firearms.
Gun Nation

Clinton hits the road again

Hillary Clinton returned to the presidential campaign trail on Thursday, making her first public appearance since pneumonia forced her to take a four-day rest. Clinton told a North Carolina crowd she did not want to make a "big fuss" about her illness. Lest the point be missed, her campaign staff buffed her entrance with James Brown's I Feel Good. The Democratic candidate said the pause helped her. "It's important to sit with your thoughts every now and again and this helped me to reflect on what this campaign is all about."

Clinton returns to campaign trail 'fully recovered' from pneumonia


Museum of African American history ends the 'great denial'

As veteran civil rights activist Jesse Jackson walked through galleries chronicling African Americans' enslavement, long struggle for freedom and achievements in culture, science, sport and politics at the Smithsonian's new, $540m Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, he said quietly: "I wish Dr King were here today. Just for a moment." From Harriet Tubman's hymn book to a slave cabin from South Carolina, from Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves to Carl Lewis's gold medals, from a metal bucket used to bathe the feet of Martin Luther King to the P-Funk mothership, the museum, says Davis Smith, is a "tour de force" with a mission to "tell the unvarnished truth". It will be formally opened by President Obama next week.

African American history museum is a triumph of truth

Women on TV, but not in it

With Sunday's Emmy awards comes another opportunity to review television in what has been deemed the "creative golden age". But is it? The television industry remains a man's world. Behind the camera, the industry that produces the shows we love looks nothing like the world we see reflected on the screen. Women directed just 30.4% of episodes and earned just 23.2% of writing credits, 7.1% of cinematography credits and 34.3% of editing credits for the nominated shows. This pattern holds for the industry as a whole.

Women reign on our favorite TV shows, but few are involved in making them

Can ecstasy help cure trauma?

For three decades, the party drug has been synonymous with mass hedonism. Now a clinical study is looking to show the drug – MDMA – has the power to treat PTSD. Alice, 32, grew up in an abusive household and was treated for anxiety and depression into adulthood. Nothing worked. Then she enrolled in a trial program combining MDMA and psychotherapy near her home in Colorado. "The MDMA just pulls things out of you," she says now. "It supports you. You can start looking at all your experiences and how they are affecting you. There were times when I just sat up and started talking."

'My therapist gave me a pill': can MDMA help cure trauma?

Doctor Orgasm will see you now

Dr Charles Runels, aka Dr Orgasm, has been injecting women's clitorises with blood for seven years. It's a procedure he initiated in an ad-hoc style with his lover on Valentine's Day. "She came to see me, and her orgasms came more quickly – very strong, ejaculatory orgasms. The passion, the thunder, the sounds that she was making …" Runels started applying the technique to his patients. Now, 20,000 women have tried it and Runels estimates an 85% success rate.

Is the O-Shot what women need for better sex?

US to pay €1m in drone strike deal

The Obama administration has agreed to pay €1m, or $1,123,750, to the family of an Italian aid worker who was killed in a US drone strike in 2015 near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Giovanni Lo Porto, 37, and American Warren Weinstein, 73, were accidentally killed in a secret counter-terrorism mission. The payment comes with a stipulation – "Nothing in this instrument implies a waiver to sovereign or personal immunity" – effectively protecting the US from further legal action. The payment – €1,185,000 in total – was considered a "donation in the memory of Giovanni Lo Porto".

US to pay family of slain Italian aid worker

In case you missed it …

After Facebook drew international ire last week for overzealous censorship, Google's Street Views application is now in the privacy crosshairs for blurring a dairy cow's face. We are accustomed to Google obscuring faces and licence plates to protect privacy for images on Street View, but animals don't often suffer the same fate – except for this British cow. The search giant admitted its technology may have been a little overeager.

Google Street View's beefed-up privacy blurs cow's face

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