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Shady data mining firm sought Clinton dirt from WikiLeaks right after getting hired by Trump

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The CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the secretive data firm owned in part by Republican megadonor Robert Mercer that was hired by the Trump campaign, reportedly reached out to WikiLeaks for dirt on Hillary Clinton in early June 2016 — soon after the campaign hired them.

According to the Wall Street Journal, CA’s chief executive Alexander Nix had “the office that handles his speaking engagements” reach out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in “early June 2016” after reading reports that the organization intended to publish a trove of Clinton’s emails.

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Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday, Nix said Assange denied, and that the interaction was “very benign.”

Though Federal Elections Commission records show that CA didn’t receive any payments from the Trump campaign until late July 2016, the Journal‘s investigation shows that Nix’s request to Assange “came as the company was in the advanced stages of contract negotiations with the campaign and had already dispatched employees to help it.”

Soon after then-campaign adviser Steve Bannon introduced Nix to the Trump campaign in May, CA sent employees to San Antonio, Texas, the home of then-candidate Donald Trump’s digital operations, in early June. A contract followed them on June 13, 2016, and was signed on June 23.

On June 12, the day prior to the contract being shipped, Nix told British TV that he had emails related to Clinton that were “pending publication,” the Journal revealed.

During his Web Summit appearance, Nix denied any collusion with Russia, claiming “We did not work with Russia in this election, and moreover we would never work with a third-party state actor in another country’s campaign.”

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Rudy Giuliani’s devotion has escorted Trump straight to impeachment

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"Step by step, [Rudy Giuliani] has escorted President Trump to the brink of impeachment," The New York Times said in a piece following the president's top lawyer and his impact on the scandals facing the 45th president.

Two associates of Giuliani's have already been indicted, Giuliani is under criminal investigation from federal prosecutors, and he was never graced with a top position in the Trump government.

"The separate troubles he has gotten his client and himself into are products of the uniquely powerful position he has fashioned, a hybrid of unpaid personal counsel to the president and for-profit peddler of access and advice," The Times said Sunday.

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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