Josh Marshall

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It's a truism that general election polls in May don't tell you much about an election in November. But if you see clear trends, they can tell you something about what's happening in May. To bring you up to speed there's a NBC/WSJ poll out this morning which shows Clinton ahead of Trump by 46% to 43%. There's also an ABC/WaPo poll which shows Trump up by two points, 46% to 44%.

There are two clear things we can draw from these polls.

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White nationalists and neo-Nazis aren't the only group represented among Trump delegates. There are also ones being busted on child pornography, weapons and explosives charges. But white nationalists do seem to be the common theme. And here's yet another. Lori Gayne, a Trump delegate from Illinois whose twitter handle is "whitepride". Admittedly, in Gayne's case, "open racist" may be a more apt description.

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Here's a very interesting article by TPM alum Sahil Kapur on efforts to calm the waters between national Democrats and the Sanders campaign. The gist of it is that while Sanders and his top staffers have been upping the ante against Clinton and pressing their demand to take their campaign all the way to the convention he has also been quietly reaching out to Senate colleagues to reassure them that he understands the stakes involved and has no intention of damaging Democratic party prospects in the fall campaign.

Is this two-faced? Is it all consistent? Does one hand know what the other is doing?

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As you may already have heard, there was a shooting outside the White House a short time ago. President Obama was not at the White House at the time. It is still a developing situation and we are monitoring all media reports and we have our own reporter on the scene filing reports. Watch this post for updates as well as Livewire for more details as they become available.

3:56 PM: Tierney Sneed reports that the New Executive Office Building and the Renwick Gallery (both outside the White House security perimeter) are currently being evacuated.

TPM Reader GBA sees a kindred spirit battling the forces of doom ...

I had no idea Weaver ran a comic book store until that article, but that was the part that made it all come together. I'm a geek myself, and quite familiar with the worst parts of geek culture. There's very much an attitude that there are dark conspiracies afoot at all times to take down your favorite characters. X-Men getting downplayed in the comics? It's because Fox owns the movie rights. Books written about people who aren't you winning the Hugos? It's because a cabal of SJWs are preventing deserving straight white men from winning.

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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.

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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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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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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