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Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr holds up his report

Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr holds up his report while testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, before the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing. Photo Credit: AP / Joe Marquette

The take-away: Time machine

Sorry, millennials: You may be worried about the future, but first, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are taking us on a tour of the past — back to the 1990s, when we danced the Macarena and stared wide-eyed at the wonders of the World Wide Web.

Trump has reached into that decade, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison, to exhume vintage controversies of the Bill Clinton years, from real scandals (Monica Lewinsky) to never-proven allegations (that Bill sexually assaulted two other women) to far-fetched conspiracy theories (that the suicide of White House aide Vince Foster was really a Clinton hit job.)

Oddly, this comes as Kenneth Starr — the special prosecutor whose delving into the Lewinsky affair led to impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton — last week spoke fondly of his one-time legal target. “His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear,” said Starr.

Trump’s retro outrage is a recent phenomenon. Before he ran for president, he called the Clinton impeachment “nonsense.”

And in the scandal year of 1998, he wondered how his personal life would stand up to such scrutiny: “You think about him with the women — how about me with the women?”

Then again, it was Hillary Clinton who opened the door to revisiting the 1990s by touting the good economic times of that era — though parts of its foundation, such as the tech bubble, are blamed by critics for downturns that came later.

Read Janison’s column here.

Clinton's latest e-mail battering 

The State Department's inspector general has concluded that Clinton did not follow the agency's records policy, giving new life to the controversy.

"Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary," the report says. "At a mininum, Secretary Clinton should have surrerendered all eamils dealing with department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department's policies..."

There is also an exchange with aide Huma Abedin in which Cllinton expresses concern about her privacy being invaded. 

'Dump the Trump': Protesters riot

Videos from Tuesday night capture anti-Trump protesters throwing rocks and bottles at police, and breaking through barricades,  all of it in Albequerque, N.M., outside the latest Trump rally.  Some jumped on police cars, a glass convention door was smashed, and smoky fires were ignited  amid the chaotic scene.

Authorities called it a riot. But unlike a March disturbance outside a Trump gathering in Chicago, cops kept demonstrators and rally-goers separate and did not make arrests.

Signs included "Dump the Trump," "Trump is Fascist," and 'We've Heard Enough." The chants were more vulgar, and Mexican flags were displayed.

Indoors on Tuesday, Trump worked to stir hostility against the state's Republican governor, Susanna Martinez, saying: "Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going."

Martinez had declined to attend, citing her state duties.

Clinton: Trump cheered bust

The Democratic front-runner moved on to the 2000s to call out Trump for comments that seemed to root for the housing market crash of 2008.

In a 2006 recording, Trump said of a “bubble burst” that “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy” property and “make a lot of money.” (At other times, he doubted that it would happen, BuzzFeed said.)

“How cruel do you have to be to actually root for a crisis that would devastate millions of families, all to pad your own pockets?” said Clinton on Twitter Tuesday. At a campaign rally, she accused Trump of having wished for a financial crash so he could “make some money for himself.”

Trump was unbowed. In a statement, he called “the ability to profit from a down market is a good thing” and “the kind of thinking our country needs, understanding how to get a good result out of a very bad and sad situation.”

Pants and pantsuits on fire

PolitiFact, a nonpartisan group that scrutinizes candidates’ statements, finds neither Trump nor Clinton nor Bernie Sanders are sticklers for accuracy. At least half the examined statements from each candidate strayed — sometimes very far — from the truth. See William Goldschlag’s story.

Trump ponies up for vets

Almost four months after pledging to personally donate $1 million to veterans’ causes, Trump has finally moved to do so with a gift to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, The Washington Post reported.

The Post and others had questioned whether Trump had followed through on the promise made at an Iowa fundraiser on a night he skipped a Fox News debate. What took so long? “You have a lot of vetting to do,” Trump said.

Trump also told the Post that he never claimed the fundraiser had raised $6 million, but a tape of the event shows he did.

Fight for California

Clinton and Sanders dueled for support ahead of the June 7 California primary, which has 475 delegates at stake.

“If we win big in California, we’re going to go marching into the Democratic convention with a lot of momentum,” Sanders said to cheers at a rally on the outskirts of Disneyland.

Clinton focused on Trump, not her primary opponent. “Trump economics is a recipe for lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt,” she told union workers in Los Angeles.

Smells like Trump spirit

Trump says he’s abandoned self-funding his campaign to please the Republican National Committee.

“The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit,” he told The Associated Press ...

Six top GOP donors have agreed to serve as vice chairs of the Trump Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee between Trump’s campaign, the RNC and 11 state parties — according to The Washington Post ...

What else is happening:

  • Trump "campaign sources" say Paul Ryan is ready to endorse their man. But the House speaker's spokesman said, "We've not told the Trump campaign to expect an endorsement." This messy story is from ABC News.
  • Organizers at first claimed the Clinton campaign had nothing to do with a “Veterans Against Trump” protest at Trump Tower Monday, but later admitted that was false, the Daily Beast reports ...
  • Some Senate Republicans now say it’s the Democrats’ presidential candidate — not theirs — who may drag down Senate candidates on the parties’ respective tickets ...
  • Speaking of 1990's nostalgia, New York operatives brought on board by a pro-Trump PAC include a longtime Rudy Giuliani man, Jake Menges, and a George Pataki man, Rob Cole...
  • A week after Clinton appeared to have won Kentucky’s primary by 1,924 votes, the Sanders campaign is asking for a recanvass of ballots ...
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the last GOP challenger to Trump to quit the race, said he can’t endorse him unless he changes his negativity, scapegoating and willingness to “run people into the ditch” ...
  • Sanders’ criticism of the bipartisan Puerto Rico debt restructuring plan isn’t making much headway with his Democratic colleagues, Bloomberg News reports ...
  • Republicans and Democrats alike in California’s Silicon Valley are alarmed by Trump, fearing his trade and immigration policies would be disastrous for the tech industry, according to the Los Angeles Times ...
  • A toxic relationship between top Trump aides Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski has the pair sliming each other behind the scenes, Politico reports.
  • Tommy Chong, co-star of the Cheech & Chong stoner movie comedies, is upset at getting disinvited from speaking at a rally for Sanders, whom he has described as being “like the best kind of weed you can get” ...

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