Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Robert Poe's students at Arizona State University frantically contacted him last month to ask why he was no longer listed as an instructor on their class lists.

"Hey, what’s going on?" "Are you still teaching the class?" "We didn’t know whether somebody else would come in Tuesday of next week, we don’t know what’s going on with the class," they asked him.

The students were given no notice, but Poe knew full well what was happening: ASU was trying to scrub away any public trace of his current position as a teacher.

Poe, who is a faculty associate and a PhD student at the university, had been drawn into the white freakout over a course the school was offering on "the problem of whiteness” in mid-February. Poe held an informal debate about the course, called a “teach-in," that prompted white nationalist groups to launch email campaigns against him and the university.

Poe told TPM recently that he believes the university is aligning itself with those white nationalist groups by choosing to stay silent about those activists' meddling on campus. Instead of coming to his defense, Poe said ASU's administration has scrubbed his status as a teacher from the Internet and made overtures that it wanted him fired altogether.

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CNN host Don Lemon's Wednesday night interview with a Ku Klux Klan leader was intended to get the white supremacist's take on the viral video of frat members at the University of Oklahoma singing a racist chant.

But the interview quickly devolved as the KKK leader lobbed racial and anti-Semitic remarks at Lemon.

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Now that Hillary Clinton has addressed the matter of her exclusive use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, it's clear that correspondence she deemed private has already been scrubbed from her account.

The mechanisms of Clinton's personal email use were fuzzy from the start of the outrage boomlet last week. While the original New York Times report on Clinton's use of a private account suggested she may have violated federal regulations, it wasn't entirely clear which regulations for preserving government records had applied during Clinton's tenure at the State Department.

Regardless, the former secretary admitted during a Tuesday news conference that she'd deleted a whole trove of emails she judged to be truly private. She described those emails as things "you typically find in inboxes," like plans for her daughter Chelsea's wedding or condolence notes to friends.

A nine-page document later issued by Clinton's office further clarified exactly which documents were provided to the State Department and when they were turned over to the agency, revealing that those personal emails were deleted sometime after Dec. 5 -- well into Clinton's likely presidential campaign.

Here's a timeline of everything else we know to date about Clinton's secretive email account.

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Since video showing members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity chanting the N-word went viral Sunday night, CNN has aired several segments about whether it's acceptable for anyone, regardless of race, to use the slur.

Amid that debate, the network decided Tuesday night to air the uncensored video in addition to an uncensored Vine clip that allegedly shows the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house "mom" singing along to a rap song that repeatedly used the word in its lyrics.

"We believe it is important that you actually hear exactly what is being said so that the word is not sanitized to make it more palatable," CNN host Don Lemon said.

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