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    Ilhan Omar receives threats, Epstein denied bail, your weekend longreads. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, July 19.

    ByElamin Abdelmahmoud

    A top ad agency’s employees are angry their firm does work for Trump’s Border Patrol

    Ogilvy Worldwide is an iconic advertising agency. On July 9, its CEO John Seifert faced a room full of angry employees. They wanted answers.

    Seifert was there to defend the company’s newly revealed work for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He told staff the government contract is a “prestigious piece of business” and that CBP “itself is not a bad organization.”

    The employees argued that several children have died in CBP custody and that Border Patrol agents are in secret Facebook groups mocking refugees. “I’m not sure what our values are,” they wondered aloud.

    A leaked recording of the conversation provides a close look at new tensions playing out for companies accustomed to working with the government without controversy. Read our analysis of the conversation.

    Some longreads for those long summer days

    I Really Wanted The Lion King To Slap. Scaachi Koul was rooting for the new Lion King movie to be a banger. Alas, it was… not. Read her piece on deluding yourself into believing, and the disappointment that follows. From the essay: “It was foolish to think that Beyoncé and Donald Glover could make this movie great when all they’re really doing is supplying voiceovers to National Geographic stills.”

    Euphoria Believes That A Dick Can Just Be A Dick. HBO’s Euphoria made a lot of headlines for a lot of different reasons, chief among them its use of penises. Manuel Betancourt wrote about Euphoria and how it asks us to question why male full frontal nudity on the small screen is still so rare — and to think about the cultural baggage it carries.

    26 Books You Should Read On Your Next Vacation. Going away for a week or two? We got you covered.

    • Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a curation editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto

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