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06.19.17 | 10:15 am

Oops! A GOP marketing company leaked the personal details of nearly 200 million Americans

One of the Republican Party's contracted marketing firms has made a pretty big blunder. Deep Root Analytics, which describes itself as a platform for media targeting, leaked 198 million personal details of U.S. citizens after storing the documents on a publicly accessibly Amazon cloud, reports Gizmodo

Along with birthdates, phone numbers, and addresses, the data included "advanced sentiment analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on hot-button issues such as gun ownership, stem cell research, and the right to abortion, as well as suspected religious affiliation and ethnicity," writes Gizmodo. All told, the leaked information represents over 60% of the U.S. population. The company told Gizmodo that it takes "full responsibility for this situation." You can read the full report here

04.20.17 | 2:17 pm

The White House’s second shot at health care reform looks even uglier than the first one

The administration's new bill would reportedly cut even deeper into health care subsidies than last month's failed proposal. States could cut coverage requirements in key areas like mental health and prescription drugs. Insurers could charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.

Maybe that's because the new proposal is meant to dramatically reduce the health care spend and sources tell Fast Company that the administration hopes to roll the savings into its (very expensive) tax reform plan—the real trophy the GOP hopes for in Trump's first term. The tax plan is expected to provide unprecedented tax breaks to the wealthy. In other words, the GOP wants the government to spend less on health care so that it can collect less in taxes.

The new health care bill is expected to circulate Friday night or over the weekend. The White House has reportedly been pressuring GOP house members to support the bill even before they read its actual text. But the White House doesn't set the Congress's schedule, so a vote next week is far from certain.