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Trump campaign officials have been discussing a digital micro-targeting campaign to boost President Trump’s support among three key voter demographic groups: African Americans, Hispanics, and suburban women, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene report.
Examples of potential messaging for the digital targeting, per the official:
Examples of areas for the digital targeting:
Between the lines: Given his policies, rhetoric, Fox News obsession and Cabinet picks, Trump knows older, white men are probably the key to any win. He just can’t get his clock cleaned with every other group.
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If you file your taxes with TurboTax, budget with the Mint app, or run a small business with QuickBooks, then Intuit — parent company of all those services — may know more about you than your bank does, Axios' Courtenay Brown reports.
Details: TurboTax, the Intuit product with the biggest household name, collects the sensitive details necessary to do your taxes: your Social Security number, where you work, your income, whether you own a home, what deductions you're eligible for, and where you bank.
You can sync your accounts using your bank login and password so that Mint can "scrape" transactions, finding out what bills you have and when they're due.
What Intuit can do with your data without your permission is regulated, thanks to a rule that prohibits tax preparers from using your information to sell you other services without your permission.
The response ... A spokesperson tells Axios via email: "Intuit does not sell customer data. Period."
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A U.S. Marine wears this Trumpy patch as he listens to President Trump speak Tuesday aboard the USS Wasp assault ship off Japan.
After a six-year lull, tornadoes erupted in the Midwest over the last two weeks as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the Midwest, AP reports.
"A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis may be forced to stop performing abortions as soon as Saturday, leaving Missouri as the only state without a place for women to legally have the procedure." (L.A. Times)
Here's an excerpt from a chapter called "Kavanaugh," where President Trump seems confounded by a "new and remarkable fact" about the Supreme Court:
Of the eight justices currently serving, all were either Jews or Catholics. [Brett] Kavanaugh was also a Catholic ... Trump wondered[:] Weren't there any WASP lawyers anymore? (Yes ... Bob Mueller.) ...
"You had all Protestants and then in a few years none. Doesn't that seem strange?" he ruminated. ...
This ... fed into a larger theme that had surfaced during the Gorsuch nomination: Why wasn't he being allowed to choose people he knew? He knew a lot of lawyers; why couldn't he just pick one?
Watch Beto O'Rourke play basketball with his 11-year-old son with one hand, while holding a coffee mug in the other!
"Lonnie G. Bunch III — the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture — has been appointed secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, becoming the first African American leader in its 173-year history." (Washington Post)
"After enjoying a near-monopolistic hold on the restaurant industry for two decades, OpenTable is facing stiffer competition," the Boston Globe's Janelle Nanos reports.
What's next: "[T]here’s a battle for diner data heating up that’s forcing OpenTable to ... scoop up consumer-data-driven startups ... to make the restaurant experience more personal."
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