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5TtRT: Facebook, Donald Trump, Cambridge Analytica, Trade Wars, & the VA Mission Act, + Spider-Man

The trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” dropped this morning and it looks amaaaaaazing. Looks like you’ll be able to see the movie Dec. 14, 2018, and this is gonna be in theaters, not a home release.

5 Things to Read Today

📱 New York Times: Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence
Facebook has been giving personal data to Chinese phone manufacturers, including Huawei, which the intelligence community has on their threat list. Note: Back in 2010 when this deal was forged, this sort of thing wasn’t particularly unusual. However, you’d think when a foreign company becomes a national security threat, a US company might bother to re-evaluate their relationship with them.

🏛️ CNN: Exclusive: Trump considers dozens of new pardons
Trump’s apparently figured out that he has almost unlimited power to pardon people and that gets him off, so he expects to do a lot of it.

🗳️ The Guardian: Cambridge Analytica director ‘met Assange to discuss US election’
Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser visited Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and sent him bitcoin payments. Cambridge Analytica has said that they tried to get in on those stolen Clinton emails with Wikileaks and Assange has said he turned CA down, but it’s kind of looking like that wasn’t the case. Shocking, I know.

🇲🇽 New York Times: Mexico Hits U.S. With Tariffs, Escalating Global Trade Tensions
I know very little about trade, so I really don’t have anything particularly intelligent or knowledgeable to offer about this, but it sure doesn’t look good.

🏛️ Washington Post: Trump to sign veterans health bill as White House works against bipartisan plan to fund it
Trump’s about to sign a bill that’ll help veterans gain access to private health care. It’s a big bill and (apparently) a pretty good deal for vets, but the law (the VA Mission Act) doesn’t fund itself. Senators plan to add an amendment to handle that. The White House has been fighting the amendment tooth and nail behind the scenes.