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The Most Eye-Opening Stories You Need To Read This Week

This week for BuzzFeed News, John Lingan meets the busiest drummer in pop history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

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1. You Have Heard Bernard Purdie Play Drums — BuzzFeed News

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You may not know his name, but you’ve heard Bernard “Pretty” Purdie play drums. Over five decades, the prolific session musician has backed some of the 20th century’s biggest hits. Now, at 74, he’s ready to take center stage. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. Welcome to America — Now Spy on Your Friends — BuzzFeed News

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When Muslim immigrants apply to become citizens, they often find the process delayed for years without explanation. Then, when they are at wit’s end, they get a visit from the FBI, with an offer they don’t dare refuse. Talal Ansari and Siraj Datoo investigate a murky practice. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

3. Hillary Clinton Wants to Talk to You About Love and Kindness — BuzzFeed News

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In the early days of her husband’s administration, Hillary Clinton tried to start a national conversation about basic human decency, only to be mocked. In the midst of the most mean-spirited presidential campaign in memory, she talks with Ruby Cramer about the unchanged way she sees herself — and if she’ll ever be able to communicate it. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

4. A Traffic Cop's Ticket Bonanza in a Poor Texas Town— BuzzFeed News

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Turbocharged surveillance technology turned Officer Rickey Antoine into an unstoppable policing juggernaut. The city of Port Arthur says his approach to traffic safety saves lives. But, as Alex Campbell and Kendall Taggart discover, some of the city’s poorest residents are paying the price. Read it at BuzzFeed News.


5. Molly Is 16. Her Justin Bieber Is Bernie Sanders. — BuzzFeed News

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Jessica Testa meets Molly, a high school debater with one very serious ambition: to become president. The third installment of “16,” a series about ordinary people at the weirdest age. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

6. Inside the Most Vicious Conflict on the Internet — BuzzFeed News

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Joseph Bernstein delves deep into the embittered battle between the web's pit bull obsessives. "The fight about pit bulls, like most fights over our pets, has become almost totally about the humans." Read it at BuzzFeed News.

7. The Rise of Kayode Ewumi — BuzzFeed

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Six months ago, only a handful of people knew the name of the star of the pitch-perfect spoof #HoodDocumentary. Now 22-year-old Kayode Ewumi is on red carpets and making jokes on BBC radio. He tells Bim Adewumi why the goal is to stay happy – and working. Read it at BuzzFeed.

Anita Badejo is an associate features editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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