News Round-Up: March 21, 2018

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Handsome dog, right? The pup’s a cutie, too 😉

• The most anti-LGBTQ Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives barely eked out a win over his primary opponent in Illinois. He now faces (no exaggeration) a Republican whose a devout Neo-Nazi.

• Cell phone video shows a gay teen in Oklahoma getting his head bashed into a school locker by a bully.

• For the first time in decades the National Rifle Associations has a net negative approval rating.

• Included in the undercover recordings of Cambridge Analytica executives was one of the top ranking bosses suggesting spreading gay rumors about candidates was an effective method of bringing them down.

• Political analyst Stu Rothenberg spoke to several insiders who predict the Democrats will win between 30-45 seats in the House during the fall mid-term elections, more than the 24 seats needed to take control.

• In a somber Instagram post, insanely handsome Superman star Henry Cavill shares the news that his facial hair is, sadly, no more. #ShavedButNotForgotten

A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Mar 21, 2018 at 2:10am PDT

Cambridge Analytica: We Ran Trump’s Digital Campaign

Britain’s Channel 4 has done an in-depth undercover investigation on data mining company Cambridge Analytica, which claims it handled “all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy” for the Trump campaign.

The shadowy company boasts their efforts and expertise with data was the key to Trump’s to victories in swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin with a razor-thin margin of “40,000 votes.” 

CA says their micro-targeting of social media users in those three states alone gave Trump his victory in the electoral college system, despite losing the popular vote by more than 3 million votes.

In the past few days, Cambridge Analytica has come under fire for “harvesting” millions of Facebook users private information without permission.

As a result of the ongoing investigations, chief executive Alexander Nix has been suspended by his company.

This is the third of a series of reports.

If you don’t want to watch the full 17 minute report below, just take in the first four or five. Quite eye-opening.

Last year during a tour to promote her book What Happened, Hillary Clinton spoke to Channel 4 about this “new” kind of data-driven campaigning and how it may have affected the outcome of the election.