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House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report

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The House intelligence committee is looking at the data analysis company Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election, the Daily Beast reports.

The data-mining and data analysis company is turning over documents to the committee as part of its investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Steven Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign chief who became chief White House strategist, holds a stake in the company that’s valued between $1 million and $5 million; he also formerly served as vice president of the board.

One source told the Daily Beast the committees’ probe of the company is “fruitful.”

Jared Kushner, Trumps’ son-in-law and a top White House advisor, told Forbes in 2016 that micro-targeting was at the forefront of the campaign’s digital operation. “I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting,” Kushner explained. “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 helped bankroll Breitbart.

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who sits on the House intelligence committee, told Vanity Fair in September she wonders if the data operation played a role in Russia’s targeted attack on the U.S. presidential election.

“I think the Russians had help,” Speier said. “I’ve always wondered if Cambridge Analytica was part of that.”

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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