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John Bolton super PAC hired Cambridge Analytica in 2014

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A super PAC led by incoming White House national security adviser John Bolton hired Cambridge Analytica in 2014 for “behavioral microtargeting with psychographic messaging,” reports the New York Times. Bolton's PAC was reportedly aware at the time that the models it received were derived from harvested Facebook data, according to former Cambridge employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

Why it matters: Per the Times, "Mr. Bolton’s experience with the company appears to have provided a model for how it sold itself to future political campaigns, including Mr. Trump’s." Trump, Bolton and Cambridge Analytica also share a common patron in the billionaire Mercer family, which has yet to comment on the data scandal.

Zachary Basu 2 hours ago
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At least three killed in hostage crisis in southwest France

French gendarmes block an access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018. Photo by ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images.

A gunman killed at least three people in a supermarket in Trebes, France on Friday, before being fatally shot by police, reports BBC News.

What they're saying: The suspect, who reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, took several hostages and was involved in a police standoff for about three hours. Witnesses say he was heavily armed and was demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the only living suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

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House leaders formally invite Zuckerberg to testify

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Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Friday to lay out their concerns about how Facebook uses data and formally request that he testify before the committee. The committee will hold a hearing in the "near future."

Why it matters: It appears to be the first formal invitation for the Facebook CEO to appear in Congress. In a CNN interview earlier this week, Zuckerberg said he would do so if he was the "right person." Facebook staff briefed committee staff on the situation, but lawmakers said questions were left unanswered.