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Wayne Barrett Visits The Hive!

I'm excited to let you know that Wayne Barrett, the legendary New York investigative reporter, is going to be visiting The Hive (sub.req.) Monday at 12:30 PM. As many of you probably also know Barrett is one of America's leading, perhaps preeminent Trumpologists, starting with his 1992 Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, the Reinvnention - now updated for the 2016 election. In other words, Barrett's been chronicling Trump's scams and bullshit and hair since the early days when it was a mere regional menace as opposed to today's global threat. So stop by in advance and ask your question and join us at 12:30 on Monday.

We're going to be hosting a lot more very cool guests in The Hive as we build into our 2016 election coverage this year, so by all means sign up for Prime! It's cheap. It's awesome. You get a lot of cool stuff, a lot fewer ads and best of all you help support TPM's independent journalism.

I'll see you with Wayne on Monday.

Eight Years Ago

I've long believed that one of TPM's greatest assets - not financial assets but substantive assets - is the the collection of fifteen years of TPM Reader emails. We have an extremely literate and wise readership and we've cultivated email exchanges with them going back to November 2000. It's a great trove of historical information, a real-time source of insight into how a certain segment of the American political community understood, reacted to and thought about political and news events as they unfolded.

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Sanders Camp Flirts with Going Full "Burn It Down"

The New York Times posted an article late Wednesday evening which confirms and expands on much of what I've been hearing from within the Sanders campaign in recent weeks and days. The top leaders of the campaign are now saying openly that they are focused on dealing a crushing blow to Clinton in the California primary on June 7th and aren't concerned whether it damages Clinton's chances in the general election or not.

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Time to Press Donald on Whether He Raped His Wife?

With Trump's top GOP supporters now saying his deportation was never real and is actually just a matter of issuing undocumented immigrants with new paperwork, there's a growing list of questions reporters should really start asking Trump. But Trump himself has now moved on from immigration politics to dredging up allegations about Bill Clinton that range from unsubstantiated to discredited to ridiculous. But here's the thing: Trump's former wife Ivana said Trump raped her in a sworn deposition. Given how central a role rape accusations have played in Trump's campaign - against Mexicans, political opponents, etc. it is clearly a highly germane question, as frankly it would be for any presidential candidate.

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Paris to Cairo Jet Disappears

An EgyptAir jet from Paris to Cairo disappeared from flight control radar and is now three hours past due in Cairo.

"CAIRO (AP) — EgyptAir says Airbus A320 Flight 804 carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew disappeared from radarearly Thursday morning."

11:42 PM: After initially saying the plane "faded" from radar over the Eastern Mediterranean, Egyptair now says the plane disappeared ten miles inside Egyptian airspace.

Fear of a Black Planet

Trump tells the Times magazine that Oakland and Ferguson are the places that "are among the most dangerous in the world." This was in the context of why he hasn't visited Iraq.

Where's Tad?

Just a thought to consider. Over the last few months both Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver and Strategist Tad Devine have been pretty conspicuous on TV making Sanders' case, albeit the former more than the latter. It's Weaver who's been the more confrontational of the two. Has anyone seen Tad recently on TV? He seems to have gone totally silent.

It Comes From the Very Top

For months I'd thought and written that Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver was the key driver of toxicity in the the Democratic primary race. Weaver has been highly visible on television, far more than campaign managers tend to be. He's also been the one constantly upping the tension, pressing the acrimony and unrealism of the campaign as Sanders actual chances of winning dwindled.

But now I realize I had that wrong.

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