8:51 AM 4/9/2018 – cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook users’ data could be stored in Russia – CNBC

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CA whistleblower: FB data may be in Russia
Times of India
Some of the information improperly harvested from Facebook Inc users might be stored in Russia, said the former employee of Cambridge Analytica who blew the whistle on the data-privacy scandal involving the analytics firm’s role in the 2016 

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook: Cambridge Analytica warning sent to users – BBC News
cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook now lets you know if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – CNBC
Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Why are western internet companies cooperating with the Putin regime to censor the web? – Open Democracy
Cambridge Analytica Social Media Posts in Trump and Brexit campaigns – Google News: How to find out if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – Evening Standard
Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook users’ data could be stored in Russia – CNBC
cambridge analytica – Google News: India’s political parties have mined voters’ psychographic data for years – Quartz
Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Facebook will alert you if Cambridge Analytica grabbed your data – TNW
cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday – ABC News
cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook users find out if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, starting Monday – USA TODAY
cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook to notify users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – CBS News
Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: CA whistleblower: FB data may be in Russia – Times of India
Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Facebook suspends two more data analytics companies: reports – MarketWatch
cambridge analytica – Google News: ‘You Are the Product’: Targeted by Cambridge Analytica on Facebook – New York Times
cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook To Alert Users Affected By Cambridge Analytica Data Breach – Deadline
cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower thinks Facebook data breach affected more users than reported – Fox News
cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook is about to tell users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – CNNMoney
cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says he’ll cooperate with DOJ – The Hill
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The Early Edition: April 9, 2018
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The social media company has been under scrutiny for its approach to the user data and the harvesting of profile information by the research firm Cambridge Analytica, David Shepardson reports at Reuters. The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and more »

Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News

cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook: Cambridge Analytica warning sent to users – BBC News
 

Facebook: Cambridge Analytica warning sent to users
BBC News
Facebook members will find out from 17:00 BST whether they are among the 87 million potential users whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Every account holder will receive one of two notices informing them whether their data was breached. The and more »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook now lets you know if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – CNBC
 


CNBC
Facebook now lets you know if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica
CNBC
Facebook has announced it will inform users if their data was wrongly shared with political data firm Cambridge Analytica. From today, the social media giant will show a “protecting your information” link at the top of each user’s news feed. Following
Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices MondayABC News
Facebook will alert you if Cambridge Analytica grabbed your dataTNW
Facebook to contact 87 million users affected by data breachThe Guardian
Deadline –FOX 61 –Facebook Newsroom
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Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Why are western internet companies cooperating with the Putin regime to censor the web? – Open Democracy
 


Open Democracy
Why are western internet companies cooperating with the Putin regime to censor the web?
Open Democracy
On the technical and legal side, there was absolutely no difference between how LinkedIn and how Facebook stored and dealt with the personal data of their Russian users. The only thing that made a difference was politics. Photo CC BY 2.0: Jason Howie and more »

Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News

Cambridge Analytica Social Media Posts in Trump and Brexit campaigns – Google News: How to find out if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – Evening Standard
 


Evening Standard
How to find out if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica
Evening Standard
Mr Schroepfer shared a picture of the two notices in the post last week. Most people will receive a message about visiting the Apps and Websites section of their settings to control what apps they share information with. However, some will be notified and more »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook users’ data could be stored in Russia – CNBC
 


CNBC
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook users’ data could be stored in Russia
CNBC
The number of Facebook users affected by the recent data sharing scandal could exceed 87 million and records could be stored in Russia, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said on Sunday. Wylie said that Aleksandr Kogan, whose quiz app and more »

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Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook users’ data could be stored in Russia – CNBC
 


CNBC
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook users’ data could be stored in Russia
CNBC
The number of Facebook users affected by the recent data sharing scandal could exceed 87 million and records could bestored in Russia, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said on Sunday. Wylie said that Aleksandr Kogan, whose quiz app 
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Data could have come from more than 87 million users, be stored in RussiaCNN
Facebook data whistleblower says info could be stored in RussiaCNET
Facebook User Data Possibly In Russia, Says Cambridge Analytica WhistleblowerPYMNTS.com
wtvr.com –Bloomberg –Mashable –Facebook Newsroom
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Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News

cambridge analytica – Google News: India’s political parties have mined voters’ psychographic data for years – Quartz
 


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India’s political parties have mined voters’ psychographic data for years
Quartz
The Cambridge Analytica controversy is unlikely to die down soon as it touches a series of important democratic nerves. First, it concerns our ability to freely exercise our civic rights and duties. The fear of manipulation through data casts a cloud and more »

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Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Facebook will alert you if Cambridge Analytica grabbed your data – TNW
 


TNW
Facebook will alert you if Cambridge Analytica grabbed your data
TNW
But Facebook says it doesn’t have logs dating back to that time, so it can’t be sure exactly how many people were affected. What’s more, whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who worked at Cambridge Analytica and exposed the data collection exercise, told 
Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Facebook Data Could Be Stored in RussiaFinance News (press release)all 254 news articles »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday – ABC News
 


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Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday
ABC News
FILE- In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook will begin alerting users whose private data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal 
Facebook suspends another data analytics firm after CNBC discovers it was using tactics like Cambridge AnalyticaCNBC
An Update on Our Plans to Restrict Data Access on Facebook | Facebook NewsroomFacebook Newsroom
Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxesTechCrunchall 5,449 news articles »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook users find out if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, starting Monday – USA TODAY
 


USA TODAY
Facebook users find out if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, starting Monday
USA TODAY
Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are in the U.S., though there are over 
Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices MondayABC News
An Update on Our Plans to Restrict Data Access on Facebook | Facebook NewsroomFacebook Newsroom
Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxesTechCrunchall 5,494 news articles »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook to notify users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – CBS News
 


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Facebook to notify users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica
CBS News
NEW YORK — Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news 
CubeYou Cambridge-like app collected data on millions from …CNBC
Facebook to notify on Cambridge Analytica data misuse MondayNews & Observer
CNBC: Facebook suspends another analytics firm with operations like Cambridge AnalyticaUSA TODAY
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Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: CA whistleblower: FB data may be in Russia – Times of India
 


Times of India
CA whistleblower: FB data may be in Russia
Times of India
Some of the information improperly harvested from Facebook Inc users might be stored in Russia, said the former employee of Cambridge Analytica who blew the whistle on the data-privacy scandal involving the analytics firm’s role in the 2016 and more »

Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News

Facebook users data stored in Russia – Google News: Facebook suspends two more data analytics companies: reports – MarketWatch
 


Times of India
Facebook suspends two more data analytics companies: reports
MarketWatch
On Friday, Facebook suspended Canadian political strategy company AggregateIQ for improperly having access to user data, Reuters reported. AggregateIQ and CubeYou’s actions appear similar to how Cambridge Analytica acquired and mined thedata of as 
Cambridge whistle-blower says Facebook data could be in RussiaTimes of India
Cambridge Analytica Row: Facebook Shuts Down Over 270 Pages And AccountsInc42 Media
An Update on Our Plans to Restrict Data Access on Facebook | Facebook NewsroomFacebook Newsroom
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cambridge analytica – Google News: ‘You Are the Product’: Targeted by Cambridge Analytica on Facebook – New York Times
 


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‘You Are the Product’: Targeted by Cambridge Analytica on Facebook
New York Times
Still, few of the roughly 214 million Americans with Facebook profiles know whether their data was among the information swept up for Cambridge Analytica. Facebook, which learned of the data misuse in December 2015, plans to begin telling affected and more »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook To Alert Users Affected By Cambridge Analytica Data Breach – Deadline
 


Deadline
Facebook To Alert Users Affected By Cambridge Analytica Data Breach
Deadline
The ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal has been a thorn in Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s side. In March, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the data firm backed by Donald Trump supporter Robert Mercer and once steered by former Trump advisor and more »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower thinks Facebook data breach affected more users than reported – Fox News
 


Fox News
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower thinks Facebook data breach affected more users than reported
Fox News
Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to run the election probe, and has been scrutinizing connections between Cambridge Analytica and Trump’s campaign. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before the Senate 
Let’s talk Cambridge Analytica: Were you one of the 87M? Is it time to delete Facebook?WPLG Local 10
Facebook is about to tell you if Cambridge Analytica accessed your datafox5sandiego.com
Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices on MondayFox Businessall 331 news articles »

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cambridge analytica – Google News: Facebook is about to tell users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica – CNNMoney
 


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Facebook is about to tell users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica
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Facebook on Monday will begin alerting the 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica. The company plans to post a link at the top of users’ news feeds that will allow them to see which apps are connected to their
Facebook to notify on Cambridge Analytica data misuse MondayABC News
Facebook users find out if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, starting MondayUSA TODAY
Facebook suspends data firm using Cambridge Analytica-like tricksEngadget
Facebook Newsroom –TechCrunch
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cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says he’ll cooperate with DOJ – The Hill
 


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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says he’ll cooperate with DOJ
The Hill
Prior estimates said that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from about 50 million Facebook users, of which less than 250,000 had given permission for their data to be harvested. Wylie’s comments come before Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg 
Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee to cooperate with DOJ probeThe Boston Globeall 8 news articles »

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Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday
ABC News
Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds
Facebook suspends data firm using Cambridge Analytica-like tricksEngadget
Facebook users find out if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, starting MondayUSA TODAY
CubeYou Cambridge-like app collected data on millions from …CNBC
Facebook Newsroom –TechCrunch –Today.com
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5:14 PM 10/31/2017 – Did Moscow Get Help From the Trump Campaign in Its Social-Media Trolling?

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Kushner Russiagate

Cambridge Analytica, or CA, is a firm that in 2016 was closely tied to, and partly owned by, two people in Trump’s innermost circle: Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart chief who served until August as chief strategist in the White House, and Robert Mercer, a billionaire hedge-fund mogul who was one of the principal financiers behind the campaign. And Cambridge, which operates worldwide (it just announced plans to expand its reach to China), has significant experience in Russia already. Via a report in the Daily Beast, we learn that The Guardian’s Sunday Observer pulled back the curtain on links between Cambridge and its parent firm, the London-based SCL, and Russia. “Multiple Cambridge Analytica sources have revealed other links to Russia, including trips to the country, meetings with executives from Russian state-owned companies, and references by SCL employees to working for Russian entities,” reported the Observer.The same report added that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is investigating CA’s activities, and that Cambridge is cooperating with the inquiry… 

Though much is yet unknown, it does appear that the Russian-backed ads on Facebook were carefully targeted. “A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump’s victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation,” reported CNN on October 4. “Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of the sources said. The ads employed a series of divisive messages aimed at breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online, including promoting anti-Muslim messages, sources said.”

CNN added: “As part of their investigations, both special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are seeking to determine whether the Russians received any help from Trump associates in where to target the ads.”… 

As reported here in Part I and in a previous piece for The Nation on Russia’s use of Facebook, many of the ads and fake accounts were aimed at exacerbating America’s most volatile and sensitive divisions. Malkia Cyril, founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice and a member of the Black Lives Matter network in Oakland, California, tells TheNation that all of this sets a dangerous precedent and requires urgent action by the government to make sure it stops.

“Let’s be clear—this is not simply about what Russian operatives did,” says Cyril. “This is about the collusion, knowing or unwitting, between these operatives and social-media platforms; about the collusion between global right-wing forces within the United States, Russia and beyond, using disinformation tactics historically used by our own CIA, to undermine democracy here and abroad.


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3:54 PM 10/29/2017 – The Unholy Alliance: Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage, and “somewhere in the middle of all that, Russia.”

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The Unholy Alliance: Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage, and “somewhere in the middle of all that, Russia.”

‘Nigel Farage, who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange.’

‘Nigel Farage, who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange.’ Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

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Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance – The Guardian

Today, October 29th 3:38pm

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Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open.

Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car crash between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, coming together last week in one head-spinning scoop.

That day, we learned that Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that helped Trump to power, had contacted Julian Assange to ask him if he wanted “help” with Wikileaks’s stash of stolen emails.

That’s the stash of stolen emails that had such a devastating impact on Hillary Clinton in the last months of the campaign. And this story brought Wikileaks, which the head of the CIA describes as a “hostile intelligence service”, directly together with the Trump campaign for which Cambridge Analytica worked. This is an amazing plot twist for the company, owned by US billionaire Robert Mercer, which is already the subject of investigations by the House intelligence committee, the Senate intelligence committee, the FBI and, it was announced late on Friday night, the Senate judiciary committee.

So far, so American. These are US scandals involving US politics and the news made the headlines in US bulletins across US networks.

But it’s also Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics company, which has its headquarters in central London and that, following a series of articles about its role in Brexit in the Guardian and the Observer, is also being investigated, by the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The company that was spun out of a British military contractor, is headed by an old Etonian and that responded to our stories earlier this year by threatening to sue us. It’s our Cambridge it’s named after, not the American one, and it was here that it processed the voter files of 240 million US citizens.

It’s also here that this “hostile intelligence service” – Wikileaks – is based. The Ecuadorian embassy is just a few miles, as the crow flies, from Cambridge Analytica’s head office. Because this is not just about America. It’s about Britain, too. This is transatlantic. It’s not possible to separate Britain and the US in this whole sorry mess – and I say this as someone who has spent months trying. Where we see this most clearly is in that other weird Wikileaks connection: Nigel Farage. Because that moment in March when Farage was caught tripping down the steps of the Ecuadorian embassy was the last moment the lines suddenly became visible. That the ideological overlaps between Wikileaks and Trump and Brexit were revealed to be not just lines, but a channel of communication.

Because if there’s one person who’s in the middle of all of this, but who has escaped any proper scrutiny, it’s Nigel Farage. That’s Nigel Farage, who led the Leave.EU campaign, which is being investigated by the Electoral Commission alongside Cambridge Analytica, about whether the latter made an “impermissible donation” of services to the Leave campaign. Nigel Farage who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange. Who is friends with Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer. Who headed an organisation – Ukip – which has multiple, public, visible but almost entirely unreported Russian connections. Who is paid by the Russian state via the broadcaster RT, which was banned last week from Twitter. And who appears like clockwork on British television without any word of this.

This is a power network that involves Wikileaks and Farage, and Cambridge Analytica and Farage, and Robert Mercer and Farage. Steve Bannon, former vice president of Cambridge Analytica, and Farage. It’s Nigel Farage and Brexit and Trump and Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks… and, if the Senate intelligence committee and the House intelligence committee and the FBI are on to anything at all, 

somewhere in the middle of all that, Russia.

Try to follow this on a daily basis and it’s one long headspin: a spider’s web of relationships and networks of power and patronage and alliances that spans the Atlantic and embraces data firms, thinktanks and media outlets. It is about complicated corporate structures in obscure jurisdictions, involving offshore funds funnelled through the black-box algorithms of the platform tech monopolists. That it’s eye-wateringly complicated and geographically diffuse is not a coincidence. Confusion is the charlatan’s friend, noise its accessory. The babble on Twitter is a convenient cloak of darkness.

Yet it’s also quite simple. In a well-functioning democracy, a well-functioning press and a well-functioning parliament would help a well-functioning judiciary do its job. Britain is not that country. There is a vacuum where questions should be, the committees, the inquiries, the headlines on the TV bulletins. What was Nigel Farage doing in the Ecuadorian embassy? More to the point: why has no public official asked him? Why is he giving speeches – for money – in the US? Who’s paying him? I know this because my weirdest new hobby of 2017 is to harry Arron Banks, the Bristol businessman who was Ukip and Leave.EU’s main funder, and Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s comms man and Belize’s trade attache to the US, across the internet late at night. Wigmore told me about this new US venture – an offshore-based political consultancy working on Steve Bannon-related projects – in a series of tweets. Is it true? Who knows? Leave.EU has learned from its Trumpian friends that black is white and white is black and these half-facts are a convenient way of diffusing scandal and obscuring truth.

What on earth was Farage doing advancing Calexit – Californian Brexit? And why did I find a photo of him hanging out with Dana Rohrabacher, the Californian known in the US press as “Putin’s favourite congressman”? The same Dana Rohrabacher who’s met with Don Trump Jr’s Russian lawyer and – wait for it – also visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. And who is now interceding on his behalf to obtain a pardon from Don Trump Junior’s dad.

(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)

In these post-truth times, journalists are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of water and a wet hankie. We desperately need help. We need public pressure. We need parliament to step up and start asking proper questions. There may be innocent answers to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them.


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1:53 PM 10/28/2017 – Cambridge Analytica News Review – 10.21 – 28.17: Top House Dems ask Trump data firms if they communicated with Russians – The Hill

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Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails – CNN
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica Role – Daily Beast
Trump campaign data firm linked to Julian Assange: report – Washington Times
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection Surfaces – Vanity Fair
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flap – Danbury News Times
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Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook
Daily Beast
The company, Cambridge Analytica, inked a deal with the nation’s leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, for the purpose of hitting up Trump voters for donations. The marrying of the two institutions was made easier by a shared principle.
UPDATE – Wikileaks confirms approach from Trump campaign – UpperMichigansSource.com
 

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UPDATE – Wikileaks confirms approach from Trump campaign
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The editor of Wikileaks is confirming that the group was approached by a data firm working for President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. Julian Assange says on Twitter that Cambridge Analytica reached out to his group prior to last …and more »
Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails – CNN
 

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Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails
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Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, sent an email to several people including top Donald Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, relaying that he had emailed Assange seeking access to emails from Clinton’s private server to turn them into a …
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flapBusiness Insider
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica RoleDaily Beast
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Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica Role
Daily Beast
The Trump campaign on Wednesday attempted to downplay the role Cambridge Analytica played during the election, following a Daily Beast report that one of its tech gurus contacted Julian Assange to offer assistance with the Clinton email leaks.
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flapBusiness Insider
Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emailsCNN
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Trump campaign data firm linked to Julian Assange: report – Washington Times
 

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Trump campaign data firm linked to Julian Assange: report
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Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix reached out to Mr. Assange in an attempt to recover and release about 33,000 emails that were erased from Mrs. Clinton’s private email server from when she was secretary of state, the Daily Beast reported.
Julian Assange confirms Wikileaks was approached by data firm working for Trump campaign – Chicago Tribune
 

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Julian Assange confirms Wikileaks was approached by data firm working for Trump campaign
Chicago Tribune
The editor of Wikileaks is confirming that the group was approached by a data firm working for President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. Julian Assange says on Twitter that Cambridge Analytica reached out to his group prior to last …
Trump: Democrats’ funding of dossier ‘a disgrace’Press Herald
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossierWashington Postall 1,071 news articles »
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection Surfaces – Vanity Fair
 

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Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection Surfaces
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When Trump adviser Jared Kushner bragged to Forbes about his role in steering the Trump campaign to victory, he emphasized the merits of its unique data operation. We brought in Cambridge Analytica, he said, referring to the Robert Mercer-backed …
Analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails …CNN
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flapBusiness Insider
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica RoleDaily Beast
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The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flap – Danbury News Times
 

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The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flap
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Key members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team scrambled Wednesday to distance themselves from the data mining and analysis company Cambridge Analytica, whose CEO reportedly reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the …
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And they wanted to show off no, in fact, they had three different sources of polling, one of them was Cambridge Analytica. And not only that, they had a team of Cambridge data scientists embedded in the Trump headquarters in San Diego who were doing 
Julian Assange confirms Cambridge Analytica sought WikiLeaks’ help – The Guardian
 

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Julian Assange confirms Cambridge Analytica sought WikiLeaks’ help
The Guardian
A data-mining firm that worked for Donald Trump’s election campaign made an approach to WikiLeaks, founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday. The statement followed a report in the Daily Beast that Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix …
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flapBusiness Insider
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica RoleDaily Beast
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Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help Trump – The Guardian
 

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Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help Trump
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Cambridge Analytica used its own database and voter information collected from Facebook and news publishers in its effort to help elect Donald Trump, despite a claim by a top campaign official who has downplayed the company’s role in the election.
What Did Cambridge Analytica Really Do for Trump’s Campaign?WIRED
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica RoleDaily Beast
Business Insider –The Hill –Slate Magazine (blog) –Daily Beast
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Top House Dems ask Trump data firms if they communicated with Russians – The Hill
 

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Top House Dems ask Trump data firms if they communicated with Russians
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Their letter comes after The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that the head of Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that worked for Trump’s campaign, reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about locating Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
The newest developments in the Trump-Russia scandal, explained – Vox
 

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The newest developments in the Trump-Russia scandal, explained
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The second is that Cambridge Analytica, a shady British data firm employed by the Trump campaign, asked WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange for help in finding Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. The third bit of news is that Sen. Bob Corker the anti-Trump …
Julian Assange confirms Wikileaks was approached by data firm working for Trump campaignChicago Tribune
Conway confirms Trump wanted FBI informant’s gag order liftedCNN
Trump says Clinton team funding for Russia info ‘a disgrace’Washington Post
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Trump. Cambridge Analytica. WikiLeaks. The connections, explained. – CNN
 

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Trump. Cambridge Analytica. WikiLeaks. The connections, explained.
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This week, a new thread emerged: Multiple sources confirmed to CNN that the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in summer 2016 to ask for access to emails from Hillary Clinton’s private …
Report: Mercer Asked Cambridge Analytica to Help Organize Clinton EmailsDaily Beast
How Much Did Trump Pay Cambridge Analytica? Denial Of Data Firm’s Involvement Doesn’t Add UpNewsweek
Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help TrumpThe Guardian
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First charges filed in Robert Mueller Russia inquiry reports
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US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Clinton through a campaign of hacking and releasing embarrassing emails, and disseminating propaganda via social media. Mueller, a former 
First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel’s Russia Investigation: ReportFortune
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The special counsel team investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and possible links to the campaign of President Donald Trump filed its first charges against at least one individual, according to a report by CNN.
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Cambridge Analytica – News Review: Selected Articles – 10/21/2017

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Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you – The Daily Dot
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting … – PR Newswire (press release)
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook – Daily Beast
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win – ETtech.com
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook – Washington Post
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus – Daily Beast
House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report – Raw Story
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads – Washington Post
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe – Fox Business
Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia … – Politico
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe – SC Magazine
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for … – Business Insider Australia
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe – Newsday
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter – CBC.ca

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Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica – snopes.com
“Bing, bing, bing: Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets
Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’ – CTV News
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia – Investor’s Business Daily
Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’ – The Hill
The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose – The New Yorker
Trump claims false laurels – Daily Times

 

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Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook – CNBC

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Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook
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The man who ran Trump’s Facebook ad campaign tells SF internet gathering says software can find ‘the worst’ in humanity.
Is Big Data Killing Democracy? – FortuneFortuneall 2 news articles »
Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you – The Daily Dot

The Daily Dot
Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you
The Daily Dot
Do you like to read? Consider yourself a political buff? Shopped at H&M recently? Then you’re probably an iPhone user, according to Cambridge Analytica, the international data analytics group with deep ties to President Donald Trump’s election victory.
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting … – PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting …
PR Newswire (press release)
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cambridge Analytica’s brand-focused division, CA Commercial, today announced the launch of its new TV …and more »
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook – Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook
Daily Beast
The company, Cambridge Analytica, inked a deal with the nation’s leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, for the purpose of hitting up Trump voters for donations. The marrying of the two institutions was made easier by a shared principle.
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win – ETtech.com
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win
ETtech.com
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win Has the Congress found the Brahmastra for the next general elections? Perhaps it has, if one goes by reports that Congress is in touch with Big Data firm Cambridge Analyticathat helped US …
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook – Washington Post

Washington Post
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook
Washington Post
Right after the campaign, it was the firm Cambridge Analytica that was making this case, arguing that its black-box analysis of the psychology of American voters allowed Trump to target specific sorts of people with ads that dug deep into their brains 
How Facebook helped the Trump campaign in 2016Salon
Facebook “embeds,” Russia and the Trump campaign’s secret  weapon CBS Newsall 44 36 news articles »
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus – Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus
Daily Beast
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is looking at Cambridge Analytica’s work for President Donald Trump’s campaign as part of its investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 race, according to sources familiar with  
Congress Is Investigating Trump Campaign’s Voter Targeting Firm as Part of the Russia ProbeSlate Magazine (blog)
House Intel investigation expands to Trump campaign data firmThe Hill
Trump-linked data firm reportedly now a focus of Russia probeThe Daily Dot
Raw StoryShareblue MediaPoliticoCNN
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House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report – Raw Story

Raw Story
House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report
Raw Story
We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. One of the major investors in Cambridge Analytica is Robert Mercer, the billionaire Trump backer who also  and more » 
House Intel investigation expands to Trump campaign data firmThe Hillall 3 news articles » 
 

House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads – Washington Post

Washington Post
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads
Washington Post
As one of the companies that played a prominent role in the election campaign, Cambridge Analytica has been asked by the House Intelligence Committee to provide it with information that might help its investigation, a Cambridge Analyticaspokesman 
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probeSacramento Beeall 222 news articles »
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe – Fox Business

Washington Post
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe
Fox Business
“We believe that other organizations that worked on the campaign have been asked to do the same,” Cambridge Analyticasaid in a statement, adding that there was no “suggestion of wrongdoing.” ___. Associated Press writer Chad Day contributed to this …
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data FirmNewsmax
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook adsWashington Post
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US VotersNBCNews.com
San Antonio Express-News –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette –Axios
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Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia … – Politico

Politico
Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia …
Politico
A data analysis company that played a major role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is sharing material as part of the House Intelligence Committee’s …and more »
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax

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Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm
Newsmax
The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, right, speak with reporters as they emerge from a closed-door meeting at the Capitol with Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probeFox Business
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook adsWashington Post
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US VotersNBCNews.com
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette –San Antonio Express-News –Axios
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Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax

Washington Post

Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm
Newsmax
After meeting with a Facebook executive on Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee investigating possible Russia interference turned its attention to Cambridge Analytica, the data mining company that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probeFox Business
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook adsWashington Post
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US VotersNBCNews.com 
San Antonio Express-News
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Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe – SC Magazine

SC Magazine
Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe
SC Magazine
Cambridge Analytica, the data firm partially owned by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and widely credited with helping Donald Trump gain the presidency, is handing over relevant documents to the House Permanent Select Committee on …
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for … – Business Insider Australia

Business Insider Australia
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for …
Business Insider Australia
An intern at the data mining and analysis firm Cambridge Analytica left online for nearly a year what appears to be programming instructions for the voter targeting tools the company used around the time of the election, raising questions about who 
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe – Newsday

Newsday
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe
Newsday
A spotlight shines anew on Cambridge Analytica, the company part-owned by the billionaire Mercers of Long Island that has been deeply involved in analyzing and mining people’s data to influence election campaigns. Last week the company acknowledged …
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter – CBC.ca

CBC.ca
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter
CBC.ca
This week, it was the House Committee on Intelligence investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election reaching out toCambridge Analytica. A spokesperson says “the company is not under investigation, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing …
Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained – Vox

Vox
Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained
Vox
The Daily Beast reported last week that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking into a data analytics company called Cambridge Analytica as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia … 
Who is Alan Futerfas, Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer?CNN
Trump re-election campaign paid $50000 to law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr.CNN
Trump Campaign Spending on Legal Fees Surges as Russia Inquiries WidenNew York Timesall 49 news articles » and more »  

Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica – snopes.com

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Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica
snopes.com
Online privacy advocates have expressed concern over the hiring of Cambridge Analytica the data firm that claimed to spur the electoral successes of both President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party …
“Bing, bing, bing: Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets
'Bing, bing, bing': Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets

President Trump has a ready weapon in hand to return fire when he feels under attack. When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it, the president said. Trump, of course, was talking about Twitter, which has become a staple of his presidency. In […]

Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’ – CTV News

CTV News
Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’
CTV News
NEW YORK — Nikki Haley, U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as “warfare” on Thursday, breaking in tone, if not substance, from a president who has consistently downplayed …and more »
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia – Investor’s Business Daily

Investor’s Business Daily
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia
Investor’s Business Daily
That’s certainly true with the growing scandal over the Russians‘ extortion racket in the U.S., possible bribes to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation, and the FBI’s curious decision not to reveal the Russians‘ activities and ties to the Obama 
Donald Trump promotes criticism of Hillary Clinton for role in Russian uranium deal while attacking ‘fake’ mediaThe Independent 
Republicans are freaking out about a new report tying Hillary Clinton to a Russian uranium dealBusiness Insider
Team Obama’s stunning cover-up of Russian crimesNew York Post
Commentary MagazineAxiosTownhallThe Hill
all 215 
Trump: Russia Uranium One Story ‘One of the Biggest Stories of the Decade’Breitbart News
From Russia to Hillary: Bribes, Extortion, Uranium and LiesFrontPage Magazine
TownhallLombardi Letter
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Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’ – The Hill

The Hill
Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’
The Hill
The Hill reported Wednesday that the FBI uncovered evidence that Russian nuclear officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering before the Obama administration approved the deal. It wasn’t the first time Trumphas 
Trump blasts ‘Fake Media’ for ignoring Russia uranium deal sealed ‘with Clinton help’Fox News
Trump: Clintons’ uranium deal is the ‘biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow’Washington Examiner
Trump: ‘It’s a Disgrace’ That the Media Is Not Covering ‘Real Russia’ Uranium StoryMediaite
Daily Mail –The Daily Dot –Slate Magazine (blog)
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The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose – The New Yorker

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The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose
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Azarpassillo has another interesting connection; one of its apparent partners in money laundering, the Mammadov family of Azerbaijan, was also, until quite recently, in business with the Trump Organization. In fact, for the entire Presidential campaignand more »
Trump claims false laurels – Daily Times

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Trump claims false laurels
Daily Times
Trump has put his immaturity on display once again with this statement. Those familiar with the history of the ongoing conflicts in Syria are … I hope that this dishonest political strategy will not work. A re-election of DonaldTrump in the next and more »

 

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“The technologies can capture what people are thinking at a particular moment,” Albright told me, “and serve it back to them over and over again.” And with the benefit of psychographic profiling, he adds, they’re able to deliver “content on an individual basis on Twitter and Facebook feeds where people are being grabbed and pulled in certain directions through certain types of posts and stories.

“I’ve called it an emotional leash,” Woolley said.

Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

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The Daily Beast reported last week that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking into a data analytics company called Cambridge Analytica as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

Cambridge Analytica specializes in what’s called “psychographic” profiling, meaning they use data collected online to create personality profiles for voters. They then take that information and target individuals with specifically tailored content (more on this below).

According to the Daily Beast report, congressional investigators believe that Russian hackers might have received help in their efforts to distribute “fake news” and other forms of misinformation during the 2016 campaign. Hence the focus on Cambridge Analytica.

So far there’s been a lot of speculation about the potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia, and most of the stories have orbited around the financial dealings of the Trump family and people like Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. But this story is specifically about how team Trump might have facilitated Russia’s meddling in the US presidential election.

The stakes, in other words, are high.

So here’s what we know about Cambridge Analytica, its connections to the Trump campaign, and what sorts of things the House Intel probe is likely looking into.

Trump’s digital army

In June 2016, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytica to take over its data operations.

We know from the reporting of Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim at the New York Times that Jared Kushner, who was charged with overseeing Trump’s digital operations, is the reason Cambridge Analytica joined the Trump campaign.

Kushner hired a man named Brad Parscale, a Texas-based digital expert who had worked previously for team Trump. According to Confessore and Hakim, Cambridge Analytica convinced Parscale (who has since agreed to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee) to “try out the firm.” The decision was reinforced by Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon, who is also a former vice president of Cambridge Analytica.

It’s not clear to what extent Cambridge Analytica helped (Parscale denied that Cambridge was of any use in a recent 60 Minutes interview), but we do know that Trump’s digital operation was shockingly effective. Samuel Woolley, who heads the Computational Propaganda project at Oxford’s Internet Institute, found that a disproportionate amount of pro-Trump messaging was spread via automated bots and anti-Hillary propaganda. Trump’s bots, they reported at the time of the election, outnumbered Clinton’s five to one.

Pro-Trump programmers “carefully adjusted the timing of content production during the debates, strategically colonized pro-Clinton hashtags, and then disabled activities after Election Day.”

Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College, told the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr that Trump’s campaign “was using 40-50,000 variants of ads every day that were continuously measuring responses and then adapting and evolving based on that response.”

These online ads were spread primarily thought bots on social media platforms. The ads that got liked, shared, and retweeted the most were reproduced and redistributed based on where they were popular and who they appealed to.

The benefit of this kind of data is that it allows data companies like Cambridge Analytica to develop more sophisticated psychological profiles of internet users (more data points means more predictive power).

Cambridge Analytica was also able to use this real-time information to determine which messages were resonating where and then shape Trump’s travel schedule around it. So, if there was a spike in clicks on an article about immigration in a county in Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, Trump would go there and give an immigration-focused speech.

When you consider how a few thousands votes in a handful of swing states determined the election, this is no small thing.

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Flynn and the Russians

In early July, Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal released a series of reports that offered some of the most compelling evidence yet that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian hackers.

Harris interviewed a man named Peter Smith, a pro-Trump GOP operative who sought to acquire the 30,000 deleted emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Of the several hacker groups Smith reached out to, at least two had connections to Russia — that’s according to Smith.

Smith told Harris that he was in regular contact with Gen. Michael Flynn, who at the time was one of Trump’s closest confidants — and of course later became Trump’s national security adviser.

Here’s a key passage from the Harris report, which my Vox colleague Andrew Prokop highlighted at the time:

“He [Smith] said, ‘I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this — if you find anything, can you let me know?’” said Eric York, a computer-security expert from Atlanta who searched hacker forums on Mr. Smith’s behalf for people who might have access to the emails. …

…In phone conversations, Mr. Smith told a computer expert he was in direct contact with Mr. Flynn and his son, according to this expert. … The expert said that based on his conversations with Mr. Smith, he understood the elder Mr. Flynn to be coordinating with Mr. Smith’s group in his capacity as a Trump campaign adviser.

Harris examined intelligence reports that described the efforts of Russian hackers to retrieve emails from Clinton’s server and pass them along to Flynn, who would then share them with the Trump campaign.

By itself, Harris’s reporting makes no connection to Cambridge Analytica. But in August the Associated Press published a report that helped connect the dots. In an amended public financial filing, Flynn was forced to disclose “a brief advisory role with a firm related to a controversial data analysis company that aided the Trump campaign.”

The “data analysis company” is none other than Cambridge Analytica. The precise amount of money Cambridge paid to Flynn is unknown, as are the details of Flynn’s role.

But we know that congressional and DOJ investigators believe that Trump’s campaign might have helped guide Russia’s voter targeting scheme and that Flynn, who worked for Trump’s campaign and with Cambridge Analytica, is suspected of having extensive ties with Russian operatives.

A Cambridge Analytica spokesperson confirmed to Vox that the company is cooperating with the Russia investigation but flatly denied any wrongdoing.

“As one of the companies that played a prominent role in the election campaign, Cambridge Analytica has been asked by the House Intelligence Committee to provide it with information that might help its investigation,” the statement said. “We believe that other organizations that worked on the campaign have been asked to do the same. CA is not under investigation, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the company.”

What does Cambridge Analytica actually do?

If you use the internet or social media, you leave behind a digital trail of crumbs. Every post you like, every tweet you retweet, every thread you participate in — it’s all data up for collection and input.

Cambridge Analytica, a company created by Robert Mercer, a billionaire patron of right-wing outlets like Breitbart News, has been swallowing up all the data they can get. They’re not the only company doing this, but they appear to be the most prominent — in part because of their high-profile clients.

In a 2016 speech, Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, unfurled the company’s methodology: “We’ve rolled out a long-form quantitative instrument to probe the underlying traits that inform personality,” he proclaimed. “If you know the personality of the people you’re targeting, you can nuance your messaging to resonate more effectively with those key groups.”

By “your message” he means whoever pays the company for its services. But so far the firm has only taken on Republican clients, with Ted Cruz and Ben Carson being the most visible. They also worked on behalf of 2016 pro-Brexit “Leave” campaign, mining online data and using it to target and persuade British voters.

So what are they doing with all that data?

Cambridge Analytica has built models that translate the data they harvest into personality profiles for every American adult — Nix claims to have “somewhere close to 4 or 5 thousand data points on every adult in the US.”

Their models are based on the psychometric research of Michal Kosinski, who in 2013 was still a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge (hence the name “Cambridge Analytica”). Kosinski and his colleagues developed a model that linked subjects’ Facebook likes with their OCEAN scores. OCEAN refers to a questionnaire used by psychologists that describes personalities along five dimensions — openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

Cambridge Analytica has combined this social psychology with data analytics. They collect data from Facebook and Twitter (which is perfectly legal) and have purchased an array of other data — about television preferences, airline travel, shopping habits, church attendance, what books you buy, what magazines you subscribe to — from third-party organizations and so-called data brokers.

They take all this information and use it for what Nix calls “behavioral microtargeting” — basically individualized advertising.

Instead of tailoring ads according to demographics, they use psychometrics. It’s a simple idea, really. Rather than assuming that all women or African Americans or working-class whites will respond to the same message, they target individual voters with emotionally charged content — in other words, ads designed to tug on emotional biases.

The success of this approach hinges on the accuracy of the company’s psychological profiles. But how much can they know about someone’s psyche on the basis of a few tweets or likes? Quite a lot, apparently. In a 2016 profile for Das Magazin, a Berlin-based culture magazine, Kosinski talked about the predictive power of his model.

Here’s how the authors summed it up:

The strength of their [Kosinski and his Cambridge colleagues] modeling was illustrated by how well it could predict a subject’s answers. Kosinski continued to work on the models incessantly: before long, he was able to evaluate a person better than the average work colleague, merely on the basis of ten Facebook “likes.” Seventy “likes” were enough to outdo what a person’s friends knew, 150 what their parents knew, and 300 “likes” what their partner knew. More “likes” could even surpass what a person thought they knew about themselves.

Combine this kind of predictive power with an army of bots and you’ve got a potent propaganda tool. As Woolley told me, “One person controlling a thousand bot accounts is able to not just affect the people in their immediate circle but also potentially the algorithm of the site on which their operating.”

Bots are even more effective, as they’re able to react instantly to trending topics on Twitter and Facebook, producing targeted posts, images, and even YouTube videos.

“The technologies can capture what people are thinking at a particular moment,” Albright told me, “and serve it back to them over and over again.” And with the benefit of psychographic profiling, he adds, they’re able to deliver “content on an individual basis on Twitter and Facebook feeds where people are being grabbed and pulled in certain directions through certain types of posts and stories.

“I’ve called it an emotional leash,” Woolley said.

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There’s a lot we don’t know

We don’t know if Flynn actually passed any data to the Russians. Nor do we know if his numerous ties to Russia resulted in collusion.

We don’t know if the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians to help their disinformation operation. We know only that there are many points of overlap. And if anyone in his campaign did coordinate with Russia, we don’t know if Trump himself was involved in any way.

We don’t know if the data produced by Cambridge Analytica ever found its way to Russians. And if it did, we don’t know for sure how it got there or how much it helped or if the company was aware of it.

We also don’t know how useful Cambridge Analytica’s work was to the Trump campaign. Researchers like Woolley told me that the company’s capabilities are a “bit overblown,” but we simply don’t know. We know only what they’ve admitted publicly about their methods and what they claim to be able to do.

One thing we do know is that data companies like Cambridge Analytica have changed things. Facebook is already under fire for allowing Russia to manipulate its algorithms during the 2016 election. And we’ve likely just scratched the surface in terms of how state actors are able to weaponize information online. The role of companies like Cambridge Analytica in these efforts remains something of a mystery, however.

In any event, no definitive evidence has emerged that connects Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign to Russia’s efforts to influence our election. What we’re left with, ultimately, is a ton of smoke and no fire. But if the ongoing investigations conclude that the Trump campaign did help Russia target voters, expect to hear more about Cambridge Analytica.

It’s entirely possible that such collusion could have occurred and the work of Cambridge Analytica had nothing to do with it; however, that would be strange, since targeting voters is precisely what the company was hired to do.

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Cyber cold war is just getting started, claims Hillary Clinton – The Guardian

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Cyber cold war is just getting started, claims Hillary Clinton
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‪Donald Trump unwittingly tips off that the New York Times is about to drop a major Trump-Russia bombshell ‬ 

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Donald Trump has been served a subpoena to turn over his obscene Apprentice tapes 

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Donald Trump has been served a subpoena to turn over his obscene Apprentice tapes

This is precisely what Donald Trump has been fearing

Why are Russian media outlets hyping the Mueller investigation? – San Francisco Chronicle

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Cybersecurity sleuths claim Russia used Pokemon Go to inflame racial tensions and accuse Twitter of deleting crucial data detailing Russian efforts to sow discord during the 2016presidential election. “Russia, Russia Everywhere,” read The New York 
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Donald Trump – further reading

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The Donald Trump media feeding-frenzy is in full flow. But beyond all the fun stuff about the horse-race and the insults, have there been any really good articles explaining the Trump phenomenon? I have found two recent pieces particularly interesting. Thomas Edsall explains how – “The economic basis for voter anger has been building for over 40 years” – and has some interesting numbers on the stagnation of real wages, the shrinking of the middle-class, the disappearance of manufacturing jobs and the impact of Chinese accession to the WTO.

Another good analysis, this time on the Vox site, looks at the kinds of people who are attracted to Trump’s rhetoric – and in particular at political scientists’ work on the rise of authoritarian attitudes in America. Apparently, people’s attitudes to parenting are a good predictor of their attitudes to Trump. Those who value obedience in children, above all, are “authoritarian” types, who also like Trump. But there are also is a large group of people with “latent authoritarianism”, which is aroused when they feel under threat.

If you prefer full-throated condemnation to analysis, may I recommend this speech by Mitt Romney. It got covered a lot when it was made on Thursday, but it is worth reading in full. I suspect historians may judge that the speech was made several months too late. I also liked Robert Kagan’s eloquent condemnation of Trump in the Washington Post.

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Trump’s supposed 2020 reelection effort may be even more fraudulent than previously known

8:12 PM 10/15/2017 – CNN’s YouTube Videos: Leading Democrat calls for Puerto Rico water investigation after CNN report

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Why are Russian media outlets hyping the Mueller investigation? – Westport News

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): Palmer Report: Here comes Donald Trump’s biggest meltdown about Rex Tillerson yet

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Donald Trump seems to desperately wish he could fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for having called him a “moron.” But by now it’s clear that Trump doesn’t have the guts to do it, either because he’s at his politically weakest point in general, or because Tillerson is a personal friend of Vladimir Putin. Regardless of the reason, Tillerson is now flaunting the fact that he apparently can’t be fired. Based on what Tillerson did on Sunday, we’re about to see Trump’s biggest meltdown about him to date.

For reasons known only to him, instead of laying low until “Morongate” blows over, Rex Tillerson decided to appear on CNN State of the Union on Sunday morning. He knew full well that he’d be asked yet again whether or not he really called Trump a moron. Sure enough, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him the question. Tillerson once again refused to answer – which at this point is an absolute confirmation that he did call him a moron.

Trump has long had insecurities about his intellect. His poorly written and phonetically misspelled tweets suggest that he suffers from some sort of mild learning disability, which may drive his insecurities on the matter, even though learning disabilities are not counter-indicative to intellect. It’s not shocking that Trump responded to the “moron” insult by publicly calling for himself and Tillerson to take IQ tests.

Donald Trump watches the Sunday morning shows, at least when his own people are on, so he saw Rex Tillerson’s interview. He saw Tillerson once again refusing to deny that he called Trump a moron. That’ll be enough to set Trump off yet again, with a round of angry tweets about Tillerson on Monday – or perhaps not til Tuesday, if some other grievance distracts him. But we’re looking at the (supposed) President of the United States publicly attacking his own Secretary of State yet again.

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Russia talk was an insult to our intelligence, Business Insider

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, says people were worried about hacking and not election interference before 2016.

But that’s not true. Hillary Clinton and others were warning about Russia’s disinformation campaign as far back as 2011.

Facebook needs to stop talking about what it didn’t do for years and start talking about what it will do from today.In a live interview with the news website Axios on Thursday, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, lamented that the company hadn’t found out about Russia’s use of the platform to spread disinformation and propaganda before the 2016 US elections.

“We were looking at this certainly not as early as we would have liked to, because we wish we had found it before it ever happened,” Sandberg said.

“If you think about 2015, 2016,” she later added, “the threats most people were worried about were hacking, taking down accounts, getting into your email account and sharing all of it.”

Oh.

Perhaps hacking is what users were worried about, but in national security and press circles, the idea of a Russian information war against the US had been gaining steam since 2011. TV channels like Russia Today and websites like Sputnik have long been unapologetic about towing the Kremlin line – about the fact that they are pushing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s will.

By 2015, Russian propaganda was all over Facebook in forms both formal and informal, and the platform had already helped Russia wreak havoc around the world, especially in Ukraine.

“There are those who claim the warnings are just the work of alarmist neo-conservatives,” Columbia professor Ann Cooper and I said in The Washington Post in 2015. “They’re not. The spread of ideas matters. If it didn’t, Russia wouldn’t be in the idea-spreading business.”

Connecting the dots that Russia may have a plan for the US presidential election would require one to pay attention. So let’s say Facebook wasn’t. That’s gross negligence. To ignore that the people purchasing space on Facebook were pushing lies and distortions, on the other hand, is beyond that – it’s willful ignorance and a stunning display of greed.

They’ll tell you

I know that we’re in an information war with Russia because I asked.

Back in 2015, as an adjunct professor at Columbia’s journalism school, I hosted staffers from RT, and they were very frank about their mission. They informed us that from 2008, when the US was critical of Russia’s annexation of a piece of Georgia, their aim was to show the world that the US was a flawed nation that’s inferior to Russia.

Take a quick look at the topics RT consistently used to prove its anti-American point and you might as well be at a buffet serving Facebook’s garbage media diet from the election. Going back as far as 2011, RT was playing on US racial tensions and shrilly accusing Hillary Clinton of warmongering and criminality.

I say 2011 because that’s when Clinton, then secretary of state, testified before Congress about Russia’s information war against the US. The Kremlin knew she was watching, and so the Kremlin went to war against her. No one who paid attention to this interaction was shocked that Putin favored Donald Trump in 2016.

But again, you had to be paying attention. Or you had to keep paying attention. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Congress again addressed the matter of Russian propaganda in testimony. The former RT journalist Liz Wahl explained how the Kremlin manipulated social media, and it might sound familiar to anyone in the US now.

From Wahl’s testimony (emphasis ours):

“Russian media provides a home for a spectrum of political beliefs as long as they are skeptical of the political establishment. While some of the theories peddled are outright absurd, there are a surprising amount of people prone to being manipulated that think it’s hip to believe in any alternative theory, feeling proud of perceiving themselves to be enlightened and even prouder when they amass sizable social media followers that hang on every misguided and outright false theory that is propagated. Russia is aware of this population of paranoid skeptics and plays them like a fiddle.

Sound familiar? Maybe it reminds you of a few arguments you had with Facebook-addicted family members over the holidays in 2016.

Another witness, Peter Pomeratsev, a journalist who spent years working in Russian television, was even more explicit mentioning Facebook by name.

“The Kremlin… funds ‘troll farms,’ regime-funded companies which hire people to spread messages on social media, using Facebook, Twitter, newspaper comment sections and many other spaces. Through these networks, Russia propagates conspiracy theories, disinformation and fake news…. Their aim was [is] not so much to persuade a potential viewer of any one version, but to trash the information space with so much disinformation so that a conversation based on actual facts would become impossible.”

Pomeratsev wrote a book about his time working in Russia called “Nothing is Real and Everything is Possible” – about how Russia became a fact-less nation. America now knows what he was talking about, but it’s something Facebook should’ve known before we had to find out.

No one wants to hear it, Sheryl

Facebook says it didn’t have an inkling of what was going on before the election, but we know that it knew the Kremlin’s agents were bullying Ukrainian activists, at the very least. Were Sandberg and Zuckerberg simply so naive they didn’t think that Putin would turn his eye on his most fearsome enemy?

Or were they just so greedy they didn’t care?

In the Axios interview, most of Sandberg’s comments were backward-looking and so, in a word, worthless. The 2018 elections are coming, and the far right has not tried to disguise its affinity for the Kremlin line. Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News is known for spreading its share of fact-melting misinformation that sounds as if it’s straight from the RT newsroom.

And – for so-called anti-globalists – Bannon has shown a willingness to collaborate with other international Putin-philes like the UK’s Nigel Farage and Hungary’s far right. Make no mistake: What they all have in common is not only “nationalism” but also a belief in Putin’s political system – fascism.

Opposing this and stamping it out shouldn’t be a question for Facebook. This isn’t a gray area. This an American value. We are not fascists. Millions of people around the world died not too long ago to reaffirm that. What Facebook (and Twitter and Google) has done – ignoring the spread of fascism, lies, and anti-American propaganda in the digital space – is a disgusting display of moral relativism and intellectual laziness that Silicon Valley has revealed it can wear as easily as a pair of Tevas and some cargo shorts.

We don’t want to hear about what Facebook missed. We want to hear that Facebook will not allow the agents of a fascist movement to continue to manipulate it as a distribution platform. We want to hear how attempts by these agents to engage the platform will be vetted and reported to the US government.

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Iraqi army and Kurdish troops are in a standoff in Kirkuk, a city located in the Kurdistan region, which voted for independence from Iraq last month. Kirkuk holds 10 percent of Iraq’s oil reserves. Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris, who is covering the standoff, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Baghdad.

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