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New emails reveal Trump strategist may have illegally participated in Brexit campaign: report

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Newly revealed emails show that Donald Trump’s chief campaign strategist, Steve Bannon, may have illegally participated in the Brexit campaign, the New Yorker reported on Saturday.

Like the United States, the United Kingdom has a law which bans foreign contributions to its political campaigns.

“Whether foreign funds secretly supported the Brexit movement has become the focus of intense speculation and investigation in the U.K. The British probes, in many respects, are parallel to the Robert Mueller investigation of possible Russian support for Trump’s 2016 campaign,” the report notes.

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New documents show that Steve Bannon, then the head of Cambridge Analytica, was on a chain of three e-mails sent in October 2015, between a Cambridge Analytica official and the head of the Leave campaign, Arron Banks.

“Executives at Cambridge Analytica claimed that they had access to unprecedented quantities of advanced ‘psychographic’ data that enabled the Trump campaign to micro-target its pitch to voters,” the report says, data allegedly taken improperly from Facebook.

“The possibility that both Brexit and the Trump campaign simultaneously relied upon the same social-media company and its transgressive tactics, as well as some of the same advisers, to further far-right nationalist campaigns, set off alarm bells on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The report says that the Mueller probe and the British probe of the Leave campaign “have increasingly become interwoven,” and noted ties to Russian officials and Wikileaks.

Read the report here.

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Controversial Contractors for Trump’s highly-criticized $3 billion food aid program hire lobbyist to tout their work

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Companies receiving taxpayer dollars as part of President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program hired a longtime lobbyist to push back on criticism that the government is relying on unqualified contractors, such as an event planner.

“We’re working to take the stories of the impact this is having on farmers, processors, distributors and end users and making sure some positive aspects of the program, from both the economic and social standpoints, are out there too,” said the lobbyist and industry consultant, Dale Apley, who reached out to ProPublica on behalf of the contractors. “It’s not all just certain stories about certain companies that maybe shouldn’t have been awarded contracts.”

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Ivanka Trump ‘urged’ Trump’s Bible photo-op — which could become a ‘defining moment’ of his presidency: NYT

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First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump "urged" her father to take part in a controversial photo-op with a Bible according to a new report from The New York Times.

"After a weekend of protests that led all the way to his own front yard and forced him to briefly retreat to a bunker beneath the White House, President Trump arrived in the Oval Office on Monday agitated over the television images, annoyed that anyone would think he was hiding and eager for action," the newspaper reported.

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The psychology of protesters — and the psychology of people who hate them

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It is hard to imagine that anyone who watched the horrific video of George Floyd being asphyxiated by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would come away feeling empathy for the police force that stood by and let it happen. And yet, amid the biggest coordinated civil rights protests in the United States since 1968, there are many voices out there who find excuses to defend cops like Derek Chauvin, who is now facing charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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