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Trump-loving billionaire’s political network in tatters after backing a series of right-wing losers

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Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, prominent fundraisers for right-wing causes and Breitbart.com, are scaling back their political activities after years of negative press, reports Bloomberg.

Mercer and his daughter were likely instrumental to helping President Donald Trump get elected, spending millions to influence the 2016 election. This year, they scaled back their contributions, to $2.9 million. In 2016, they spent three times that much.

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Although neither the hedge fund tycoon or his daughter gave comment, people who’ve worked closely with them told Bloomberg that they were bothered by the negative attention they got following Donald Trump’s victory.

Among other things, the Mercers have had to deal with protestors showing up to their mansion. In recent years, they’ve also backed a spate of losing candidates, like Kelli Ward and Chris McDaniel, U.S. Senate candidates in Arizona and Mississippi.

Other controversial figures associated with the Mercers, like Milo Yiannopoulos, have lost popularity and much of their public platforms amidst controversy. Web traffic for Breitbart.com has seen a precipitous decline, from 23 million unique visitors in November 2016 to 9 million in November 2018.

But they continue to promote political causes. “I will not be silenced,” Rebekah Mercer said in a speech at a charity gala in October.

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Feds investigating whether Rudy Giuliani was a victim of foreign spy effort targeting Trump

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President Donald Trump's defense attorney is not only a subject in a criminal investigation, but is also part of a counterintelligence probe into whether he was compromised by a foreign power, CNN reported Wednesday.

This is an investigation that goes far longer and back further than we realized and also that it’s much broader than we initially thought," CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Pérez reported.

"One of the things we’re getting a picture of, a better picture of is this involves not only Giuliani’s financial entanglements with allegedly corrupt Ukrainian figures but also counterintelligence angle is there to this and the idea that perhaps Rudy Giuliani and some of his business dealings were part of essentially an influence operation, a foreign influence operation with a target being the Trump White House," he reported.

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Internet recoils at Trump’s latest ‘insane’ news conference: ‘Maybe this guy shouldn’t be president’

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President Donald Trump ranted at length about the Kurds, military deployments overseas, Sen. Lindsey Graham and former President Barack Obama in a bizarre conversation with reporters in the White House.

The president met with the media Wednesday afternoon during a bilateral meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella, and he touched on a bewildering variety of topics -- much to the confusion of onlookers.

This is fucking insane.

This press conference is purpose-built to empower and delight every bad actor in the world.

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