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Manafort revelations could put Kellyanne Conway under Mueller scrutiny: campaign data expert

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The latest revelations about Paul Manafort’s contacts with an alleged Russian spy could mean that Kellyanne Conway may fall under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller.

David Measer, an advertising and communications expert, explained the importance of the polling data that Manafort shared with Ukrainian associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who Mueller alleges has ties to Russian military intelligence.

“At the heart of any campaign, big or small, is data,” tweeted Measer, senior vice president at the RPA agency and a University of Southern California professor. “Data about the market, people, the competition. In politics, this is called ‘polling.’ Same thing.”

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Data is a crucial raw material for any campaign, and both advertisers and politicians spend a lot of time and money to get the most accurate and detailed information they can about their target audiences, Measer said — and they jealously guard those findings.

“Sharing polling data with anyone is opening a door to collaborate with them,” Measer said. “Sharing polling data means you’re working together. Conspiring. Making decisions together. Working to destroy the competition.”

He said the accidentally unredacted details in Manafort’s court filing shows the former Trump campaign chairman had shared proprietary data with a Russian intelligence operative, at the same time the Kremlin was targeting the Democratic opposition.

“You’ve got a Russian hacking operation stealing the competition’s (the DNC’s and the Clinton campaign’s) data…then you’ve got it all,” Measer said. “Everything you need to destroy the competition.”

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Measer said that apparent collaboration was a big deal, and he said Manafort’s replacement would have been in a position to know about the campaign’s operation targeting specific voters with detailed polling data.

“You know who knows a lot about this? @KellyannePolls — someone should ask her,” Measer said.

Kellyanne Conway, a veteran Republican pollster, joined the Trump campaign as a senior adviser in July 2016 and was named campaign manager the following month, after Manafort resigned over his ties to Russia.

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Conway had previously worked for the Ted Cruz campaign, which was heavily funded by Cambridge Analytica founder Robert Mercer, and she joined the Trump team along with the billionaire hedge fund manager, his data company and one of its board members, Steve Bannon.

Cambridge Analytica has fallen under investigation by Mueller for its role in micro-targeting social media users with Russian propaganda intended to aid Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.

Conway has not been accused of wrongdoing in the Russia probe, and there’s no indication so far that she has been questioned by Mueller’s investigators.

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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Donald Trump whines: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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