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Ex-CIA analyst running as Democrat fears doxxing after allegations that Paul Ryan outed a former CIA agent

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The rise of Donald Trump and his open warfare with the American intelligence community has inspired a record number of former CIA agents to run for Congress as Democrats. This trend has alarmed Russians and Julian Assange, who have lashed out at what they see as a Deep State plot to topple Trump.

Now, Democrats with intelligence ties who are running for Congress fear that Republicans may be illegally using their security clearance forms, known as SF-86s, to get damaging information that can be used in their campaigns.

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Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia, has publicly accused a Paul Ryan-aligned Super PAC of illegally obtaining a copy of her security clearance application form, which includes deeply personal information. The Super PAC then published the form. Republicans claim they obtained the information through a “Freedom of Information Act request,” which Spanberger’s lawyer says is a lie.

A Michigan Democrat is expressing fear that the same will happen to her. Elissa Slotkin is a former CIA analyst and senior Pentagon official who is running against Republican Mike Bishop in a suburban and rural district north and west of Detroit.

Slotkin tells the Daily Beast that she worries the Trumpist Republicans will do the same to her.

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“Obviously I was very disappointed and surprised they had obtained and then leaked a copy of someone’s SF-86, so you have to assume they’re willing to do the same thing with any other candidate that has a security clearance,” Slotkin said. “These are the kinds of techniques we have to assume our foreign adversaries use, and have used… and it’s just deeply concerning that an American political organization would absorb and adopt those techniques in our own American democracy.”

Slotkin has appealed to Republicans to disavow these tactics and not use them in her own district, Michigan’s 8th, where Ryan’s Super PAC has been active in trying to buttress Bishop.

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‘It’s only $4.99 per month’: Trump urges supporters to sign up for network that went to Ukraine with Giuliani

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President Donald Trump on Friday night urged his 67 million Twitter followers to pay for a monthly subscription to watch Facebook video from a far-right Fox News competitor.

Shortly after 10 p.m. eastern, the commander-in-chief retweeted a solicitation from the One America News network.

[caption id="attachment_1569174" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Screengrab of President Donald Trump's retweet of a One America News solicitation.[/caption]

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Maddow destroys ‘bad faith’ complaints about impeachment from Republican Trump supporters

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Friday blasted "bad faith" arguments from Republicans about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Maddow recounted the process complaints by Republicans -- each of which has disappeared.

"After going through all of that, they now have unveiled a new objection as to why President Trump cannot actually be subject to this impeachment proceeding, a new noble stand they're taking for fairness and the American way -- they have rolled it out with our friends at the Fox News channel," Maddow said.

She played a clip of former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich on Fox News.

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Everyone is baffled by Trump’s rambling rant about flushing toilets ’10 times, 15 times’

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Another day, another truly baffling series of words coming from President Donald Trump’s mouth.

Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:

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