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

By Sean Illing Why House investigators think this company might have helped Russia spread fake news. 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, ...
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Playing Politics With Families of the Fallen

By Carl M. Cannon The United States of America was not yet a country when our first commander-in-chief paid his respects to a fallen hero. In August 1775, Gen. George Washington visited a Boston area field hospital where William Simpson, a Continental Army rifleman from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, lay mortally wounded. A British cannon ball had destroyed Simpson's foot. His leg was amputated and he died the following day. But in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gen. Washington started a tradition that continues to this day. Whether it survives Donald Trump's presidency is another question. On Monday,... ...read more Read more here: Playing ...
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The General Shames the Briefing Room

By Debra Saunders WASHINGTON -- Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario -- when it comes to taming, he has other fish to fry. To wit, at Thursday's press briefing, Kelly tongue-lashed the usually feisty White House press corps so relentlessly that in 18 minutes he reduced the usually swaggering scribes and talking heads into shamed silence. After Kelly slammed reporters for taking a "sacred" moment -- the notification of family when a military ...
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Anti-immigrant forces gain ground in Europe

Anti-immigrant forces gain ground in Europe

By kodonnell@politico.com (Katy O'Donnell) Czechs this weekend elected a new prime minister who heaps scorn on the European Union and says his country shouldn't have to accept a single refugee. Germany just sent a radical far-right party to parliament for the first time since the days of Adolf Hitler. And Austrians last weekend gave the anti-immigrant Freedom Party their biggest share of the vote since 1999.Those three elections in the past month are just the latest to upend the European political order by elevating anti-establishment populists. Nationalist parties now have a toehold everywhere from Italy to Finland, raising fears the ...
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Can Trump stay on track on tax reform?

Can Trump stay on track on tax reform?

By alorenzo@politico.com (Aaron Lorenzo) Congressional Republicans are readying themselves for a new obstacle on tax reform: President Donald Trump and his penchant for disruptions. There's no doubt that Trump badly wants a tax deal, and he appears very willing to travel the country in support of one. But the GOP lawmakers that are crafting the tax measure are also bracing themselves for the president to potentially disturb their negotiations at any moment, as he has done throughout his nine months in office and this week on a bipartisan Senate agreement to shore up Obamacare insurance markets.“Sure, it's going to come,” ...
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California Republicans go gaga for Trump

California Republicans go gaga for Trump

By Carla Marinucci ANAHEIM, Calif. — His former chief strategist pillories fellow Republicans they once loved. His dreadful poll numbers here might drag their House incumbents down next year.But with little else to cheer in this heavily Democratic state, the California Republican Party is falling hard for Donald Trump.Rallying their dwindling ranks at the party's fall convention over the weekend, Steve Bannon drew applause when he called former President George W. Bush a “piece of work” and said “there has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush's.” As for another Republican who once led the party ticket, Sen ...
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DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016

DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016

By isaac@politico.com (Edward-Isaac Dovere) LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises.Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won't have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year's midterms and in the run-up to 2020.Here in the halls of the Bally's hotel and casino for the DNC's fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and ...
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Trump pledges at least $430,000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers

Trump pledges at least $430,000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) President Donald Trump is committing at least $430,000 from his own wallet to help White House and former campaign staffers pay legal bills tied to the Russia investigation, White House officials said on Saturday.Details on how and where Trump will make the donation remain a work in progress, though a White House aide acknowledged the president's team has been working with outside attorneys and the Office of Government Ethics since the summer to establish a legal defense fund as one outlet to help support some mid-level aides who are facing unexpected attorney bills connected to the ...
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Trump hints he’ll release the final batch of classified JFK assassination files

By Zeeshan Aleem But he has the authority, and a little bit of time, to block their release. President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that he's probably going to release the final batch of classified government documents surrounding the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” he wrote. Under the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act passed in 1992, the government is scheduled to release thousands of never-before-seen documents related to JFK's assassination — unless they're blocked by ...
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Bannon: Bush “didn’t understand anything he was talking about” in his anti-Trump speech

By Zeeshan Aleem The America First architect takes aim at Bush as part of his war against the GOP. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon eviscerated George W. Bush at the California Republican party convention on Friday in a fiery speech that underscored his agenda to remold the GOP's worldview. Before a capacity crowd packed with hundreds of Republican delegates, Bannon — perhaps the nation's most influential advocate for Trump's America First worldview outside the White House — argued that Bush's speech on Thursday criticizing Trump without naming him was a farce. "President Bush, to me, embarrassed himself," Bannon said. “The ...
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Tucker Carlson: MSNBC’s O’Donnell, Joy Reid “Morons” For Suggesting John Kelly Is Racist

FOX News' Tucker Carlson responds toMSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Joy Reid for calling Chief of Staff John Kelly racist for his response to Rep. Frederica Wilson. CARLSON: MSNBC Lawrence O'Donnell explained to his viewers that the phrase "empty barrel†which by the way was coined by Plato and used by Shakespeare is indeed racist because it was part of a broader effort to, quote, "dehumanize Frederica Wilson.†(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, MSNBC HOST: John Kelly never sat beside a student like Frederica Wilson in his elementary school. The language about black people in John Kelly's white neighborhood was exactly ...
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Spain’s prime minister has moved to strip Catalonia of its leadership. It’s an unprecedented act.

By Sarah Wildman Mariano Rajoy's response to the Catalan independence movement is one of the most dramatic moments in Spain's 40 years of democracy. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Saturday that he would set in motion a process to strip Catalonia of its leadership, relieving the regional president Carles Puigdemont of his position. Rajoy will ask the Spanish parliament to dissolve the Catalan parliament and Catalonia will then be asked to hold new elections in the region. “This is not a suspension of home rule but the dismissal of those who lead the regional government,” Rajoy said. If that ...
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Trump says he’ll allow the release of classified JFK assassination files

By alacy@politico.com (Akela Lacy) President Donald Trump on Saturday said that “subject to the receipt of further information” he will release classified files related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.” the president tweeted at 8:34 a.m.The long-secret files are scheduled to be released by the National Archives next week as the 25-year deadline set by Congress expires. Whether Trump chooses to release the files – or select information from the likely heavily redacted documents ...
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Trump: Wilson

Trump: Wilson ‘killing’ the Democratic Party amid gold-star family feud

By alacy@politico.com (Akela Lacy) President Donald Trump on Saturday continued the White House's ongoing war of words with Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) over his response to the deaths of four U.S. troops in Niger."I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!" President Trump tweeted Saturday morning. The tweet follows a week of back and forth between Wilson, Trump, White House chief of staff John Kelly and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over the president's condolence call to the widow of a Army Sgt. La David ...
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The most effective clean energy policy gets the least love

By David Roberts In defense of renewable energy mandates. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state's utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year. Standards range from California's wildly ambitious 50-percent-by-2030 to Ohio's modest 12.5-percent-by-2026, and everywhere in between. Though they aren't as sexy as perpetually-discussed-but-rarely-passed carbon taxes, and they are flawed and insufficient in a number of ways, RPSs have been the quiet workhorses of renewable ...
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Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a screenplay about a gourmet who eats a ghost

By Constance Grady Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here's the best the internet has to offer for the week of October 15, 2017. Let us travel back in time to the early ‘80s, when Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a screenplay for the BBC about a gourmet who eats a ghost:Manley kills the tramp — now twice murdered — and quickly cooks him in his wok, his face "impatient and lecherous" with anticipation. What does tramp ghost taste like? What is ...
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Bannon rips Bush, Silicon Valley

Bannon rips Bush, Silicon Valley ‘lords of technology’

By dsiders@politico.com (David Siders) ANAHEIM, Calif. — Issuing a defiant call to arms to grassroots Republicans, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon railed Friday against dangerous “global elites” and the Silicon Valley “lords of technology” whom he said are robbing U.S. citizens of jobs, wealth and opportunity.“They want all the benefits of a free society...all the benefits of this rules-based international order,'' including lucrative trade deals and capital markets, he said, while “we the citizens of the United States...underwrite the whole thing.”Bannon also launched a blistering attack on a former President George W. Bush — who this week delivered ...
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‘Special Report’ Panel: A Closer Look At The Deadly Niger Ambush

Byron York, Erin McPike, and David Catanese discuss with host Bret Baier. ...read more Read more here: 'Special Report' Panel: A Closer Look At The Deadly Niger Ambush ...
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Trump stokes hopes of Obamacare repeal — setting up Senate for another failure

Trump stokes hopes of Obamacare repeal — setting up Senate for another failure

By jhaberkorn@politico.com (Jennifer Haberkorn) President Donald Trump says the Senate has the votes to repeal Obamacare.That's news to the Senate."I think that's aspirational," said Majority Whip John Cornyn, who counts votes for the GOP."If there were 50 votes, we'd be voting," added John Thune (R-S.D.), another member of Republican leadership. Repeatedly claiming that Republicans have the votes to repeal major parts of Obamacare early next year, Trump is stoking expectations that the GOP can fulfill its seven-year pledge before the 2018 midterm elections — a promise that Republicans once again might not be able to keep. The Senate, Trump says, ...
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From opioids to HIV — a public health threat in Trump country

From opioids to HIV — a public health threat in Trump country

By behley@politico.com (Brianna Ehley) The next HIV epidemic in America is likely brewing in rural areas suffering under the nationwide opioid crisis, with many of the highest risk communities in deep red states that voted for President Donald Trump.Federal and state health officials say they are unprepared for such an outbreak, and don't have the programs or the funding to deal with a surge in HIV cases. And given how little screening for HIV there is in some rural counties, they worry it may have already begun.Scott County, Ind., was Ground Zero for an outbreak two years ago. Nearly 200 ...
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Young subscribers flock to old media

Young subscribers flock to old media

By Jason Schwartz As President Donald Trump wages daily war against the press, millennials are subscribing to legacy news publications in record numbers—and at a growth rate, data suggests, far outpacing any other age group. Since November's election, the New Yorker, for instance, has seen its number of new millennial subscribers more than double from over the same period a year earlier. According to the magazine's figures, it has 106 percent more new subscribers in the 18-34 age range and 129 percent more from 25-34.The Atlantic has a similar story: since the election, its number of new subscribers aged 18-24 ...
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‘Trump is messing with the wrong woman’

By (Marc Caputo) Of President Trump's many opponents in Congress, none looks or sounds remotely like Rep. Frederica Wilson, the Miami Democrat known for her bedazzled, sequined-blinged hats, her vibrant matching outfits and her reputation in Florida for never backing down from a fight.But Wilson has never had an foe like Trump or a fight this personal, which began with the president's condolence call to the widow of a young soldier the congresswoman helped steer away from Miami's mean streets — only to see him die in a mysterious ambush in sub-Saharan Niger.Despite tough criticism and insults from the president ...
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Geostorm, a disaster movie about a weather apocalypse, somehow manages to be unbelievably boring

By Alissa Wilkinson If you must see it, see it in 4DX. It's not a crime for a movie to be boring. Boredom can be a rare and precious gift in a culture of distraction. We should all be bored more often. But the level of boredom I experienced during Geostorm ought to qualify as at least a second-degree felony in the state of New York. Consider the title of the movie. Consider its central conceit, which is that the whole entire world will experience a massive “weather event” at once. Consider also that I saw it in one of ...
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Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

By Patrick Buchanan Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic -- and the model for mankind's future. Equality, diversity, democracy -- this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular state at whose altars Liberal Man worships. But the congregation worshiping these gods is shrinking. And even Europe seems to be rejecting what America has on offer. In a retreat from diversity, Catalonia just voted to separate from Spain. The Basque and ...
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Niger attack fuels new push for war vote

Niger attack fuels new push for war vote

By cobrien@politico.com (Connor O’Brien) Some lawmakers, citing the deaths of four U.S. soldiers ambushed by terrorists in Niger, called on Congress on Friday to reconsider the broad war authority it granted in 2001 — as the Pentagon telegraphed that more such missions in more places are likely in the offing.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced it will hear testimony next week from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the 16-year-old Authorization for Use of Military Force that is now being used to justify military operations in numerous countries.Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said in ...
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Vox Sentences: Republicans inch closer to cutting taxes

By Ella Nilsen Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Congressional Republicans move one step closer to tax cuts; a US appeals court rules against the Trump administration in a key case involving abortion and immigration; Quebec lawmakers pass a burqa ban. Republicans have a rocky road ahead on taxes Drew Angerer/Getty Images Late last night, the US Senate passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint on a ...
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What really happened in Niger?

What really happened in Niger?

By jklimas@politico.com (Jacqueline Klimas) There are lots of questions, fewer answers, and a healthy dose of conspiracy theories surrounding the deaths of four American troops in Niger earlier this month — a tragedy that has swiftly intensified into a fierce brawl over whether the Trump administration mishandled the mission.The comparisons to Benghazi, the coordinated attack against U.S. facilities in Libya in 2012 that killed a pair of diplomats and two CIA contractors — and spawned a series of hotly partisan but largely inconclusive election-season probes — may have been inevitable. “The circumstances are similar,” says Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who ...
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Appeals court looks for compromise on abortion for undocumented minor

Appeals court looks for compromise on abortion for undocumented minor

By jgerstein@politico.com (Josh Gerstein) A federal appeals court is seeking to defuse a high-profile abortion standoff by giving the Trump administration until Oct. 31 to find a sponsor for an undocumented pregnant minor being held in a federally funded shelter in Texas.In the decision issued late Friday, a three-judge panel split 2-1, overturning a decision from a federal judge issued earlier this week that would have allowed the 17-year old girl to have the abortion immediately.Instead the ruling, devised by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, opted to find a path that would dispose of the case without making any precedent-setting decisions. The ...
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Hannity: Rep. Frederica Wilson Is A “National Disgrace”

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: First, Gold Star father, White House chief-of-staff John Kelly, General Kelly, completely obliterated Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and other Democrats and the liberal media for their disgusting, despicable and utterly shameless attempts to politicize the death of an American soldier. All in an attempt to attack President Trump. So, what these people are doing is morally repugnant, it is beyond disgusting. It's a slap in the face to the Americans who have fought, bled, and died for this country. Democrats, those in the media, you should be ashamed and embarrassed tonight. Now tonight, you all owe Gold ...
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Gutfeld: Paul Krugman Deserves Another Nobel Prize For Being This Wrong About Trump

Greg Gutfeld knocks New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for predicting "plunging markets" under President Trump in commentary delivered on Thursday's broadcast of FOX News' The Five: GREG GUTFELD: In 2008 Paul Krugman won the Nobel Prize in economics. Isn't it time he gets another? Remember what he said way back on Election Day? Quote, "It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump. And markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? A first-pass answer is never." That's pretty awesome for a garden gnome. But he's no garden gnome. He's a Nobel Prize-winning economist. A garden ...
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