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AP Top News at 7:01 p.m. EDT: Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs
WSJ.com: World News: Thousands Rally Against Catalonia Independence
NYT > Home Page: World Series 2017: Dodgers vs. Astros Game 5 Live Updates
Reuters: World News: Bahrain foreign minister calls for freezing Qatar out of GCC
NYT > World: Resist or Obey Madrids Rule? Catalonia Civil Servants Must Decide.
NYT > Politics: Roger Stone Suspended From Twitter After Expletive-Laden Tweets
1. Podcasts from mikenova (16 sites): Newshour: Iraqi Kurdish Leader Massoud Barzani to Step Down
Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Puerto Rico’s governor seeks to cancel $300M Whitefish contract
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Saved Stories – None: Schiff: Democrats Should Not Be Racing to Impeach Trump Until All the Facts Are In
Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Mueller lands first blow in Trump-Russia election probe – The Patriot Ledger
Saved Stories – None: Mueller lands first blow in Trump-Russia election probe – The Patriot Ledger
Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: A convicted murderer attended the Bergdahl trial and said ‘I got my firing squad standing by’
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NYT > World: In Niger, Where U.S. Troops Died, a Lawless and Shifting Landscape
Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: 3:02 PM 10/29/2017 Russian Propaganda on Social Media: Our pain for their gain: the American activists manipulated by Russian trolls The Guardian | The History of Russian Involvement in Americas Race Wars The Atlantic | Exclusive: Russian Propaganda Traced Back to Staten Island, New York Daily Beast
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Reuters: World News: U.S. envoy Haley’s blunt diplomacy targets South Sudan, Congo
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AP Top News at 7:01 p.m. EDT: Puerto Rico says it’s scrapping $300M Whitefish contract

 

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Trump approval rating hits lowest ever amid tax reform debate, GOP departures from Senate – CNBC
‘Witch Hunt for Evil Politics.’ President Trump Slams Russia Investigation As Charges Reportedly Near – TIME
Speculation swirls amid reports Mueller has filed charges in Russia-Trump associates probe – Fox News
Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Level Yet in New NBC News/WSJ Poll – NBCNews.com
Anti-Trump Republicans have three options but only one can save their party – Los Angeles Times
Donald Trump and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show – New York Times
Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter – BBC News
After ‘Choosing Donald Trump,’ Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis? – NPR
The Ivy League Has An Unexpected Friend In Donald Trump – HuffPost
Here come the charges – VICE News
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump. Cambridge Analytica. WikiLeaks. The connections, explained. – CNN
How Much Did Trump Pay Cambridge Analytica? Denial Of Data Firms Involvement Doesnt Add Up
MSNBC BREAKING NEWS 10/28/17 | MUELLER INVESTIGATION,CLINTON,DNC & RUSSIA in REPORT INDICTMENT – YouTube
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According to University of Utah study, the Trump campaign viewed Facebook and Twitter teams as quasi-advisers in 2016
Here’s How Facebook Actually Won Trump the Presidency
As Mueller Pushes Ahead, Trump Distracts – The New Yorker
Pentagon chief says North Korea engages in ‘outlaw’ behavior
Cocaine crisis on British nuclear submarine as nine sailors fired – Business Insider
British navy sacks nuclear submariners over cocaine use
Donald Trump Met Reporters’ Kids, And It Was More Trick Than Treat – HuffPost
Anti-Donald Trump Research Initially Funded by Conservative Website, Report Says – Newsweek
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President Trump: ‘I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children’ – USA TODAY

 

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AP Top News at 7:01 p.m. EDT: Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs

AP Top News at 7:01 p.m. EDT

WSJ.com: World News: Thousands Rally Against Catalonia Independence

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Catalonia in a show of unity with the rest of Spain, rejecting the declaration of independence made by Catalan separatists on Friday.

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NYT > Home Page: World Series 2017: Dodgers vs. Astros Game 5 Live Updates

The Dodgers and Astros head into Game 5 all tied up at two games apiece. Stay here for inning-by-inning updates and analysis

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Reuters: World News: Bahrain foreign minister calls for freezing Qatar out of GCC

CAIRO (Reuters) – Bahrain will not attend the upcoming GCC summit if Qatar does not change its stand, and the right step to preserve the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is to freeze Qatar’s membership, Bahrain’s foreign minister said on Twitter on Sunday.

Reuters: World News

NYT > World: Resist or Obey Madrids Rule? Catalonia Civil Servants Must Decide.

Catalonias ministers, lawmakers, teachers, policemen and other government workers face the question of accepting Madrids authority or staying loyal to their ousted leader.

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NYT > Home Page: Roger Stone Suspended From Twitter After Expletive-Laden Tweets

The political operative Roger Stone addressing reporters in Washington last month. Mr. Stones Twitter account was suspended on Saturday.

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NYT > Politics: Roger Stone Suspended From Twitter After Expletive-Laden Tweets

The political operative Roger Stone addressing reporters in Washington last month. Mr. Stones Twitter account was suspended on Saturday.

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1. Podcasts from mikenova (16 sites): Newshour: Iraqi Kurdish Leader Massoud Barzani to Step Down

Iraqi Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is to step down as the region wrestles with Baghdad over independence, he defended the referendum he called. Also in the programme; the sacked Catalan leader is to face criminal charges and we hear from the legendary bass guitarist Bootsy Collins. (Photo: Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. Credit: Getty Images.)

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Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Puerto Rico’s governor seeks to cancel $300M Whitefish contract

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Puerto Rico’s governor on Sunday demanded that the board of the island’s power company cancel the $300M contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the Montana company’s role in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.

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Saved Stories – None: Puerto Rico’s governor seeks to cancel $300M Whitefish contract

Puerto Rico’s governor on Sunday demanded that the board of the island’s power company cancel the $300M contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the Montana company’s role in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.

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Saved Stories – None: Schiff: Democrats Should Not Be Racing to Impeach Trump Until All the Facts Are In

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) on Sunday said Democrats should not be racing to impeach President Donald Trump until Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the House Intelligence Committee have concluded their investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

MSNBC host Joy Reid described how Schiff’s Democratic colleague, Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), has been open about her objective to impeach Trump. Reid asked the congressman whether he personally believed the president has committed impeachable offenses.

Schiff said he has previously had the “unusual experience” of trying to impeach an official when he was involved with the case of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana, suggesting it is not a course to pursue lightly. He went on to talk about how difficult it would be for Democrats to impeach Trump, citing Republican control in Congress and Trump’s anti-impeachment argument at all his rallies.

“My feeling is that we shouldn’t give any ammunition to the idea that we are racing to embrace this before all the facts are in,” Schiff said. “Let’s finish our investigations. Let’s see where they lead. Let’s find out what the president’s conduct has been as well as those around him, and those in the campaign, and then we can make a decision about what the consequences should be.”

Schiff is a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee and been frequently brought on various news networks to discuss the latest information in the Russia investigation. His call for Democrats not to prematurely race towards impeachment conflicts with Waters, who has repeatedlycalled for Trump’s impeachment despite an inability to cite evidence that would warrant impeachment.

Schiff’s position on impeachment aligns with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) who said in July that she has always been “reluctant” to pursue impeachment.

“We need to follow the facts, and what did the rest of the family know and when did they know it?” Pelosi said. “I’ve always been reluctant, because I think impeachment is something that really has an impact on the country. So when the facts are clearthe law is certainly clearwhen the facts are clear, then this Congress will make a decision in that regard.”

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Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Mueller lands first blow in Trump-Russia election probe – The Patriot Ledger

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Mueller lands first blow in Trump-Russia election probe
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Mueller was tapped to head the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a special counsel after President Trump fired FBI Director James BComey. In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller 
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Adriana Cohen: CNN rushes to bring charges to light, but the facts get left behind in the darkBoston Herald
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Mueller lands first blow in Trump-Russia election probe
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Mueller was tapped to head the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a special counsel after President Trump fired FBI Director James BComey. In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller 
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Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: A convicted murderer attended the Bergdahl trial and said ‘I got my firing squad standing by’

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The decorated Green Beret was imprisoned for killing his wife.

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Saved Stories – None: A convicted murderer attended the Bergdahl trial and said ‘I got my firing squad standing by’

The decorated Green Beret was imprisoned for killing his wife.

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NYT > World: In Niger, Where U.S. Troops Died, a Lawless and Shifting Landscape

Militants and smugglers operate in the impoverished African country, where the scale of American military involvement has surprised even high-ranking senators.

NYT > World

Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: 3:02 PM 10/29/2017 Russian Propaganda on Social Media: Our pain for their gain: the American activists manipulated by Russian trolls The Guardian | The History of Russian Involvement in Americas Race Wars The Atlantic | Exclusive: Russian Propaganda Traced Back to Staten Island, New York Daily Beast

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Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:19:45 +0100 29.10.2017 18:19   Trump Investigations Report | Latest Posts Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (18 sites) Palmer Report: Donald Trump yells DO SOMETHING! in desperate cry for help as Robert Mueller moves in We’ve all been awaiting Donald Trump’s inevitable response to the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller … Continue reading“3:02 PM 10/29/2017 – Russian Propaganda on Social Media: ‘Our pain for their gain’: the American activists manipulated by Russian trolls – The Guardian | The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars – The Atlantic | Exclusive: Russian Propaganda Traced Back to Staten Island, New York – Daily Beast”

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Saved Stories – None: 3:02 PM 10/29/2017 Russian Propaganda on Social Media: Our pain for their gain: the American activists manipulated by Russian trolls The Guardian | The History of Russian Involvement in Americas Race Wars The Atlantic | Exclusive: Russian Propaganda Traced Back to Staten Island, New York Daily Beast

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:19:45 +0100 29.10.2017 18:19   Trump Investigations Report | Latest Posts Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (18 sites) Palmer Report: Donald Trump yells DO SOMETHING! in desperate cry for help as Robert Mueller moves in We’ve all been awaiting Donald Trump’s inevitable response to the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller … Continue reading“3:02 PM 10/29/2017 – Russian Propaganda on Social Media: ‘Our pain for their gain’: the American activists manipulated by Russian trolls – The Guardian | The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars – The Atlantic | Exclusive: Russian Propaganda Traced Back to Staten Island, New York – Daily Beast”

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Reuters: World News: U.S. envoy Haley’s blunt diplomacy targets South Sudan, Congo

JUBA, South Sudan/KITCHANGA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – In a mountainous camp for displaced Congolese, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wrapped her arm around an inconsolable woman who recounted being raped twice.

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msnbc.com Latest Headlines: Republican Ed Gillespies Trumpian tactics…

Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie stands accused of using tactics described as racist and worse, echoing many criticisms of the Donald Trump campaign. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

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AP Top News at 7:01 p.m. EDT: Puerto Rico says it’s scrapping $300M Whitefish contract

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The head of Puerto Rico's power company said Sunday the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system following Hurricane Maria….

AP Top News at 7:01 p.m. EDT

 

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Trump approval rating hits lowest ever amid tax reform debate, GOP departures from Senate – CNBC


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Voters have given President Donald Trump the worst ever marks of his presidency, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday, which showed ominous signs of voter discontent ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.Trump’s …
Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Level Yet in New NBC News/WSJ PollNBCNews.com
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‘Witch Hunt for Evil Politics.’ President Trump Slams Russia Investigation As Charges Reportedly Near – TIME


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‘Witch Hunt for Evil Politics.’ President Trump Slams Russia Investigation As Charges Reportedly Near
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Speculation swirls amid reports Mueller has filed charges in Russia-Trump associates probe – Fox News


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Speculation swirls amid reports Mueller has filed charges in Russia-Trump associates probe
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Speculation swirled Sunday awaiting the announcement of possible charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigationinto possible collusion between Russia and members of the Trump presidential campaign, as his tactics have been called into …
Robert Mueller’s First ChargesThe Atlantic
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Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Level Yet in New NBC News/WSJ Poll – NBCNews.com


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WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has declined to the lowest point of his presidency, and nearly half of voters want their vote in the 2018 midterms to be a message for more Democrats in Congress to check Trump and …
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Anti-Trump Republicans have three options but only one can save their party – Los Angeles Times


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Anti-Trump Republicans have three options but only one can save their party
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The most stinging critiques of Donald Trump’s presidency in the last few weeks have come not from Democrats, but from Republican members of the U.S. Senate. I will not be complicit, said Jeff Flake of Arizona. Trump’s reckless, outrageous and 

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Donald Trump and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show – New York Times


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Donald Trump and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show
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Michael Moore in his solo show, The Terms of My Surrender, which recently closed on Broadway. Mr. Moore posted a lengthy response on Twitter after President Trump said Saturday that the show was a failure. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times. 
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Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter – BBC News


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Roger Stone, a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump, has been suspended from Twitter after using the network to attack journalists. Stone, who advised Trump during his presidential campaign, said he had been told he had violated Twitter’s rules.
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After ‘Choosing Donald Trump,’ Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis? – NPR


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When Donald Trump announced he would be running for president, he didn’t seem like the obvious candidate for evangelical voters, given his multiple divorces, use of crass language and one-time admission that he had never asked God for forgiveness.

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The Ivy League Has An Unexpected Friend In Donald Trump – HuffPost


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When Donald Trump first issued his anti-Muslim travel ban in January, Yale’s administration said it was alarmed by the move. When Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord in June, Yale said it would do everything it could to …

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Here come the charges
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The special investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election has yielded its first charges, according to CNN, and the unnamed defendant or defendants will reportedly be taken into custody Monday. Aside from the skeletal report, not much is

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This week, a new thread emerged: Multiple sources confirmed to CNN that the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in summer 2016 to ask for access to emails from Hillary Clinton’s private …
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How Much Did Trump Pay Cambridge Analytica? Denial Of Data Firms Involvement Doesnt Add Up

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Donald Trump’s campaign blatantly downplayed the role data firm Cambridge Analytics played in helping the president win last year and even ignored the campaign’s own boasts following the election after the firm was linked to a collusion effort with Russians.

Earlier this week, it was reported Cambridge Analytica’s top executive Alexander Nix directly reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an effort to get Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails, according to The Daily Beast.

WikiLeaks had been accused of receiving the damning Democratic National Committee emails from Russia, which posed another avenue for the president’s critics to lambast him with accusations of collusion with the Russians to secure the Oval Office.

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Assange later confirmed Nix’s overture – made prior to Election Day last year – on Twitter but stated that WikiLeaks turned him down.

Michael Glassner, the executive director of Trump’s campaign, issued a statement to CNN that declared the Republican National Committee was solely responsible for the campaign’s analytics.

“Once President Trump secured the nomination in 2016, one of the most important decisions we made was to partner with the Republican National Committee on data analytics,” he said. “Leading into the election, the R.N.C. had invested in the most sophisticated data-targeting program in modern American history, which helped secure our victory in the fall. We were proud to have worked with the R.N.C. and its data experts and relied on them as our main source for data analytics.”

Glassner also flatly denied any other source played as crucial a role in data analysis when he added: “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”

The money trail and Kushner’s and Cambridge Analytics’ statements explain otherwise.

CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit – Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images/Bryan Bedder

Indeed, the Trump campaign paid the UK-based firm backed by billionaire and heavy political donor Robert Mercer millions during the home stretch of the 2016 run, and following Trump’s victory current White House senior adviser and husband to Trump’s eldest daughter Jared Kushner thoroughly explained the operation and how much the campaign relied on it.

Cambridge Analytica also chimed in with a glowing statement touting its efforts in the campaign.

Firstly, the campaign money trail clearly showed Cambridge Analytica received big bucks from Donald Trump for President, the campaign’s main finance hub. Starting with an initial payment of $100,000 in July 2016, the firm took in more than $5.9 million in five payments total, including $5 million paid out in September 2016, according to FEC records.

The five expenditure descriptions from the Trump campaign’s FEC filings list the payments made for data management or data management services.

Fourteen days after the election in November, Kushner then adorned the cover of Forbes magazine and expounded on the data analytics program he headed up. He specifically said the work was meant to “complement the RNC’s data hub.”

“After the primary, we started ramping up because we knew that doing a national campaign is different than doing a primary campaign,” Kushner told Forbes. “That was when we formalized the system because we had to ramp up for digital fundraising. We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. And I asked them how to scale this stuff. Doing it state by state is not that hard. But scaling is a very, very hard thing. They gave me a lot of their subcontractors and I built in Austin a data hub that would complement the RNC’s data hub. ”

Even before Kushner’s comments, Cambridge Analytica’s top executive, Alexander Nix, boasted of his firm’s work for Trump. One day after Trump won.

“We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communications played such an integral part in President-election Donald Trump’s extraordinary win,” Nix said as part of a company statement.

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According to University of Utah study, the Trump campaign viewed Facebook and Twitter teams as quasi-advisers in 2016

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Washington • Donald Trump’s presidential campaign relied on more hands-on help from tech firms during the 2016 election than previously thought, using teams from Facebook, Twitter and others as almost entrenched political operatives, a new study by a University of Utah professor and a colleague found.

While social media and other tech companies routinely work with large advertisers, including political campaigns, the study shows that Trump’s team looked at the Silicon Valley employees as almost its own in pushing its online strategy to woo voters. Hillary Clinton’s campaign built its own digital effort and didn’t rely on the tech companies help to the same degree.

“These firms had some of their staffers working inside the Trump campaign digital offices during the general election,” said one of the study’s authors, Shannon McGregor, an assistant professor at the U.’s Department of Communication. “This was something that was much more routine than we had known before. This was offered to all campaigns, but it was unequally taken up. The Trump campaign, relatively as compared to the Clinton campaign, was understaffed and made much greater use of these staffers than the folks on the Clinton campaign.”

McGregor, who wrote the study with Daniel Kreiss, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the findings have raised concerns about whether the help offered the campaigns could be construed as in-kind contributions from corporations and whether new laws are needed to make public such efforts.

The peer-reviewed study, published Thursday in the journal Political Communication, relied on interviews with the Silicon Valley liaisons to the Trump and Clinton campaigns as well as other would-be White House hopefuls.

“What we found in the course of these interviews is that these technology firms offer this digital subsidies, basically, to campaigns,” McGregor said. “It goes beyond just trying to facilitate ad buys. [It includes] shaping the conversation through this sort of close collaboration.”

That included helping to target voters and form campaign messaging.

“Facebook, Twitter and Google go beyond promoting their services and facilitating digital advertising buys, actively shaping campaign communication through their close collaboration with political staffers,” the study reported. “We show how representatives at these firms serve as quasi-digital consultants to campaigns, shaping digital strategy, content and execution.”

Trump’s digital director, Brad Parscale, had hinted at such an effort during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” earlier this month, saying he had sought out the help from tech companies.

“I wanna know everything you would tell Hillary’s campaign plus some,” he told the news program. “And I want your people here to teach me how to use it.”

Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of news, government and elections through the end of 2016, said that he believes Parscale’s interpretation of how the help from tech companies worked is an “exaggeration.”

“Ultimately, my understanding is that every company offered equivalent services to each campaign and the campaigns can choose how much or how little of that support they wish to utilize,” Sharp said in an interview, noting that such services have been provided to presidential campaigns since many of the companies were founded.

He noted that because campaigns can choose how much help they get, it can create “optical challenges” but defended the outreach as a boon to candidates and their ability to communicate with potential voters.

“More broadly, I believe that anything that brings candidates and elected officials closer to their constituents, making them more available for direct interaction and direct questioning by the voters is a good thing,” Sharp said. “And I think all the companies in creating these teams to reach out to candidates and bring them into the conversation, to bring them out of the comfort of the TV studios into a space where they can have this direct interaction with users is potentially a positive thing for the democratic process.”

A Facebook spokesman said Thursday the company offers all candidates and interest groups “equal levels of support, no matter their political affiliation.”

“It’s up them to decide how much help they want,” the representative said. “But this is key: The campaigns make their own strategic decisions about how to use Facebook’s platform.”

That extends to guidance on how to use the social media site, the representative noted, as well as addressing technical issues and advertising.

McGregor says the research into the tech companies’ assistance with the campaigns shows the firms have built “basically a partisan structure,” hiring former Republican and Democratic campaign aides to help boost relationships with current challengers in a way that goes far beyond a tech company soliciting ad buys.

She added the advent of social media and technology in political campaigns has opened a whole new field of political research that needs to be done to show the public just how modern efforts to sway voters are operating.

“One of the most important takeaways is that this is just the beginning,” she said. “There needs to be more examination about this, given this is quite routine.”

Here’s How Facebook Actually Won Trump the Presidency

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Mark Zuckerberg is trying hard to convince voters that Facebook had no nefarious role in this election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the bulk of the campaign’s $250 million in online fundraising.

“Our biggest incubator that allowed us to generate that money was Facebook,” says Parscale, who has been working for the campaign since before Trump officially announced his candidacy a year and a half ago. Over the course of the election cycle, Trump’s campaign funneled $90 million to Parscale’s San Antonio-based firm, most of which went toward digital advertising. And Parscale says more of that ad money went to Facebook than to any other platform.

‘Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing.’

Brad Parscale

“Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing,” he says. “Twitter for Mr. Trump. And Facebook for fundraising.”

In the wake of Trump’s stunning upset last week, media analysts have worked feverishly to figure out how social media may have altered the outcome of this election. They—and we—have pointed to online echo chambers and the proliferation of fake news as the building blocks of Trump’s victory. But the answer may be much simpler. Of course Facebook was hugely influential in the presidential election, in large part because Trump’s campaign embraced Facebook as a key advertising channel in a way that no presidential campaign has before—not even Clinton’s.

“I think the Trump campaign did that extremely well,” says Andrew Bleeker, president of Bully Pulpit Interactive, which helped lead Hillary Clinton’s digital marketing efforts. “They spent a higher percentage of their spending on digital than we did.”

Changing Minds Where It Mattered

Throughout the last year-and-a-half, stories about the imbalance between Clinton’s ad spending compared to Trump’s proliferated. They noted how Clinton spent more than $200 million on television ads in the final months of the election while Trump spent less than half that. Because Trump wasn’t spending as much on television all along, it seemed like his team wasn’t investing in changing anyone’s minds. But they were: they were just doing it online.

“The big takeaway was using digital in a digital-first way,” says Matt Lira, a Republican digital strategist and senior advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It was the main course. It wasn’t leftovers.”

Facebook proved to be a powerful way for Trump’s team to hone the campaign’s message with the kind of enormous sample sizes you can’t get with traditional polling. “They have an advantage of a platform that has users that are conditioned to click and engage and give you feedback,” says Gary Coby, director of advertising at the Republican National Committee, who worked on Trump’s campaign. “Their platform’s built to inform you about what people like and dislike.”

Coby’s team took full advantage of the ability to perform massive tests with its ads. On any given day, Coby says, the campaign was running 40,000 to 50,000 variants of its ads, testing how they performed in different formats, with subtitles and without, and static versus video, among other small differences. On the day of the third presidential debate in October, the team ran 175,000 variations. Coby calls this approach “A/B testing on steroids.” The more variations the team was able to produce, Coby says, the higher the likelihood that its ads would actually be served to Facebook users.

“Every ad network and platform wants to serve the ad that’s going to get the most engagement,” Coby says. “The more you’re testing, the more opportunity you have to find the best setup.”

The Digital Bully Pulpit

Clinton also had a robust digital strategy, investing $30 million in digital ads in the homestretch. Her campaign produced thousands of rapid-response videos and set up a customer service team to help people with their voting questions. But, says Bleeker, “the Trump campaign took to an extreme what we were trying to do on the Hillary campaign.”

The President-elect has shown he can turn a news cycle in 140 characters or less.

Social media was Trump’s primary communication channel. It wasn’t a platform for broadcasting pre-planned messages but for interacting with supporters and starting new conversations—however controversial those conversations often were. Bleeker says one of the biggest lessons he’s learned from this election cycle is that social media is increasingly going to be part of any candidate’s so-called “earned media strategy”—that is, the coverage a candidate gets for free in the press. The President-elect has shown he can turn a news cycle in 140 characters or less; in a recent 60 Minutes interview, he said he plans to continue using Twitter as president.

“He’s going to tell his side of the story from the digital bully pulpit,” Lira says.

Whether fake news did or didn’t affect the election’s outcome, Facebook as a platform did. The winning candidate was not just willing, but eager to break with traditional models of campaigning. His team invested in new ways of using the digital tools and platforms that have come to dominate the media landscape. Anyone who wants to defeat him in the future will have to do the same.

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