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Does Donald Trump realize that if you rape your wife it counts as rape? Even if she's your wife?

Coming the heels of Donald Trump's now notorious slur calling Mexicans "rapists", folks at The Daily Beast have dug up a rape allegation against Trump himself from a book called Lost Tycoon, The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, published in 1993. According to the book, Trump assaulted his then-wife Ivana in a freakish rage over a botched surgery on his hair. The circumstances of the alleged assault, which is said to have occurred in 1989, are bizarre even by Trump standards. Trump had had a scalp reduction surgery (no, I did not know this existed) to remove a bald spot. Ivana had recommended the plastic surgeon. And apparently it hadn't gone well and/or Trump was in a lot of pain. So he lashed out at Ivana, attacked her, held her down, began pulling hair out of her head to mimic his pain and forcibly penetrated her.

Now, Trump denies the incident occurred and for that matter denies he ever had the surgery. The account came in a deposition tied to Donald and Ivana's notorious divorce, which was finalized in 1991. I have no way to know the truth of the allegation. But what jumped out at me in this story is something much more current. In defending his boss, Trump spokesman and Trump Organization special counsel Michael Cohen said that the whole thing doesn't make sense since, regardless of what happened, you can't rape your spouse.

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Nice Try, Timesmen

As you've seen, the Times has now issued yet another correction on that terribly botched story about Hillary Clinton and her emails. The scale of the screw up is frankly mind-boggling. But there's a point in the follow up - particularly Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet's response - which I think points to at least an element of the problem.

Baquet says you can't lay the blame on the reporters or the editors since their sources simply were wrong.

That's wrong - and frankly a bit jarring to hear.

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Who's the Greatest?

I find this sort of fascinating. We surveyed 1800 TPM Readers to find out who they thought was the "greatest president" out of the last five Democratic presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton and Obama.

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How Did This Happen Exactly?

I've watching this New York Times blockbuster about the now non-existent criminal referral about Hillary Clinton's emails. And it is one of these stories that didn't just come apart in one big way. It fell apart in several different big ways over the course of the day. Former Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald has a good dissection of how it all unfolded that makes a pretty good case that even now - post corrections and sorta retractions - the piece still contains major omissions and distortions.

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Movie Theater Shooting In Louisiana

A man reportedly opened fire this evening in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. The shooter is reportedly dead. An unconfirmed report of at least one additional fatality. Multiple injuries. Local ambulance service tweets that it transported eight people from the scene to area hospitals.

This one hits close to home. Lafayette happens to be my hometown. My grandmother lived across the street from that theater for many years.

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