News from the note…
A round up of the day’s news that might be of interest to you.
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From The Guardian
Cambridge Analytica has been ordered to hand over all the data and personal information it has on an American voter, including details of where it got the data and what it did with it, or face a criminal prosecution.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) served the enforcement notice to the company on Friday in a landmark legal decision that opens the way for up to 240 million other American voters to request their data back from the firm under British data protection laws.
Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack, The Associated Press has learned.
Barrack was interviewed as part of the federal investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, according to three people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday reversed his decision to force House Chaplain Patrick Conroy to step down after the Jesuit priest sent a letter withdrawing his resignation and as bipartisan outrage continued to mount.
“I have accepted Father Conroy’s letter and decided that he will remain in his position as Chaplain of the House,” Ryan said in a statement. “It is my job as speaker to do what is best for this body, and I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important post.”
From The Hill
Bannon, who was ousted from Trump’s White House last summer, had a falling out with the president earlier this year over comments attributed to him in author Michael Wolff’s controversial book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office are seeking to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A Saturday Bonus Note from the “This Is Why Atheists Think Christians are Hypocrites” Category
Want more evidence of white evangelical Christian hypocrisy?
Evangelist Franklin Graham, who questioned President Obama‘s Christianity and said his agenda was “against Christ and against His teachings,” takes a completely different approach when it comes to Donald Trump.
Graham said in an interview with the Associated Press that the whole Stormy Daniels scandal was “nobody’s business.” Sure, Trump’s lawyer may have paid hush money to the adult film actress to cover up how he was cheating on his third wife shortly after the birth of his fifth child… but relax, everyone. God put him in office for reasons.
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