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Trump Supporter Makes Offensive Native American Reference

While it's no surprise that conservative radio host and Donald Trump supporter Howie Carr would dislike Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, he brought us a new shocking moment today. Carr made a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Massachusetts senator by imitating a stereotypical Native American "war whoop."

The jaw-dropping moment took place during Trump's rally Wednesday in Bangor, Maine. See it here.

Ivanka Trump Promises 'Convention Unlike Any We've Ever Seen'

Ivanka Trump hinted at a different sort of Republican National Convention.

"We're putting together the lineup of speakers now and the interest is incredible," she told radio host John Fredericks Wednesday, as first reported by BuzzFeed. "I think it will be a convention unlike any we've ever seen. It will be substantive. It will be interesting. It will be different. It's not going to be a ho-hum lineup of, you know, the typical politicians. It's going to be a great combination of our great politicians, but also great American businessmen and women and leaders across industry and leaders across really all sectors, from athletes to coaches and everything in between."

Small Protest Outside Trump's Boston Fundraiser

Outside Donald Trump's fundraiser at the Langham Hotel in downtown Boston, about 150 people have gathered to protest the candidate. It's typical protest fare; chants of "Dump Trump!" and signs calling Trump a "fascist."

Attendees have been trickling in for about an hour, and Trump's due to arrive any minute now. There's a heavy Boston PD presence, and they've blocked off the streets surrounding the hotel, but the protest is hardly the 300-plus people organizers had promised. Protesters are blocked off by bike racks across the street from the hotel, and are a relatively orderly presence, compared to some of the protests we've seen in other states.

Carrie Dann

Poll Shows Low Confidence in Trump Around the World

A new Pew Research Center study shows an eye-popping difference in how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are viewed in 15 countries around the world.

Despite Trump's boasts of the good relationships he plans to forge with foreign nations, among the people of more than a dozen countries polled as part of the Global Attitudes Survey, less than a quarter said they have confidence that Trump will do the right thing when it comes to world affairs.

The share having no confidence in Trump includes 92 percent of Swedes, 89 percent of Germans, 87 percent of Australians, 85 percent of Britons, 82 percent of Japanese and 59 percent of Italians.

In fact, the percentage expressing confidence that Trump will do the right thing breaks the 20 percent threshold in only three of the 15 countries polled: Italy, Hungary and - ironically - China, the foreign nation most lambasted by Trump on the campaign trail.

The data regarding the GOP presumptive nominee is particularly striking when compared to how other countries view former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who receives net positive ratings in every one of the 15 nations except for debt-beleaguered Greece.

You can see the results of the study below

Obama Hitting the Trail With Clinton

President Obama will campaign with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the first time in North Carolina following the July 4th holiday weekend.

On July 5, Obama and Clinton will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, talking about the future of America, according to a campaign press release. The two were originally scheduled to campaign together in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but the event was delayed due to the shooting attack in Orlando.

The president formally backed Clinton earlier this month in a video. "I know how hard this job can be. That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," he said.

NRA Running Benghazi-Themed Ad to Boost Trump

The ad features a Marine veteran who was in Benghazi standing in a cemetery: "A lot of people say they're not going to vote this November because their candidate didn't win; Well, I know some people who won't be voting this year either."

"Hillary as President? No thanks. I served in Benghazi. My friends didn't make it. They did their part. Do yours."

Monica Alba

Hillary Clinton Talks Tech with Digital Content Creators

LOS ANGELES — Hillary Clinton spoke at length Tuesday evening about the lessons derived from Bernie Sanders' campaign and her message to Donald Trump supporters. Clinton also spoke about a topic she's never before addressed during the campaign: revenge porn.

"I will really look to all of you - the bullying, revenge porn, cyber stalking, all too common ruins lives," Clinton told a room full of young tech influencers. "Leads people to lose their confidence, go into depression and in some cases kill themselves. The internet and what you all do as creators is such a gift… You have to help me figure out how we keep the best of everything you're doing and everything the Internet means."

Clinton made herself "Exhibit A" when it comes to being attacked on the Internet, but she lauded the power of technology and social media to form the political conversation.

"There's no doubt that social media is a driver of opinions, of commitments, of involvements," she said. "And the more we can do that, the better it is."

At the very end, Clinton stood with the group for a giant "group selfie" and remarked that it "could be better than the Oscars," adding that they should send it to Ellen for comparison.

Clinton, Trump React to Turkey Attack

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said Tuesday that the attack at the Istanbul airport underscores the urgency with which the U.S. must deal with the threat of terrorism.

"We better get tough or we're not gonna have much of a country left, OK? It's bad," Trump said during a rally in Ohio.

In a statement, Clinton said: "Today's attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world."

At least 10 people were killed and scores more injured during the attack at Turkey's largest airport.

What Has Scott Walker Laughing

The "Draft Walker" movement seeking to replace Donald Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention was short-lived after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker laughed it off on Monday.

Anti-Trump Republican leaders have been encouraging delegates at the convention in July to vote for an alternative candidate over the party's presumptive presidential nominee. That alternative, some hoped, would be Walker.

He dismissed the possibility during an exclusive media listening session in Sommers, Pennsylvania, when a reporter asked him about being a write-in alternative to Trump.

"I've just got to laugh," Walker said. "If I run for anything — and I haven't made a decision yet — it's going to be for re-election in two years."

Walker added that he plans to use his delegate vote at the RNC to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who won the Wisconsin primary before dropping out of the race. Walker also briefly ran for president this year, but dropped out early after his low performances during the first two GOP debates.

Is Santorum a Potential VP Pick? He Wouldn't Know

If former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is being considered by Donald Trump as a possible vice president or cabinet member pick, he wouldn't know.

Santorum spoke to a small gaggle of reporters Tuesday, clarifying he has not been included in any conversations as Trump's possible VP or cabinet member, when he was in Monessen, PA to listen to Trump's economic policy speech.

"I haven't had any conversations," Santorum said of the VP prospect.

The 2012 and former 2016 presidential candidate endorsed Trump last month.

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Warren on Campaigning With Clinton: It's Not About Me

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday said her first campaign event with Hillary Clinton the day before was just to promote Clinton's race and not her own as a possible VP pick.

"Yesterday was not about vice president," Warren said on "The View." "Yesterday was about having the chance to get out there with the woman who is going to be the next president of the United States, and just have at it. God it was fun."

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GOP Senator Still Won't Endorse Trump

Republican Senator Mike Lee on "Morning Joe" Tuesday reiterated that he has not endorsed his party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

"I'm still looking for a presidential candidate who will embrace the constitutional reform agenda," Lee said, adding, "what Mr. Trump could do is embrace some of the principles of federalism, of separation of powers."

Asked whether Lee would simply not vote at all, the senator said, that's "an option for everyone."

Hallie Jackson

Trump Campaign Hires New Senior Communications Adviser

Donald Trump's campaign has hired Jason Miller as its new senior communications adviser, NBC News has confirmed. Miller served the same role on Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and was part of the Texas senator's most trusted inner circle.

In early April after Cruz won the Wisconsin Republican primary, Miller said, "This is a pretty stinging loss for Donald Trump tonight. He can't be happy. You see the way Trump continues to lash out. That's just a pattern for Donald Trump. When things don¹t go his way, he freaks out, he calls names." Later the same month, Miller said, smiling, "Donald's gonna Donald."

The hire is seen as a much needed boost to the Trump campaign staff. Up until this point, spokesperson Hope Hicks has been left to deal with the media largely on her own.

Kristen Welker

Clinton to Release Technology Agenda

Hillary Clinton is expected to unveil a technology platform this week, according to a Politico report that a campaign official didn't dispute when asked by NBC News.

The agenda "strongly defends net neutrality, calls for a special commission to study encryption and commits to bringing broadband to 100 percent of U.S. households by 2020," based on a 14-page draft.

Clinton visits with Galvanize, a startup incubator in Denver, Colo., on Tuesday, where she's expected to discuss her tech proposals.

Read more at Politico.

Hallie Jackson

Will Cruz Speak at Convention? Aide: No Plans

An aide to Sen. Ted Cruz indicates right now, there no plans to have Cruz speak at the GOP convention in Cleveland.

"We aren't operating under any assumption of having a speaking role," former campaign spokesperson Catherine Frazier tells NBC News. "Obviously, that's all up to those planning the convention and drafting the rules."

"Regardless, Senator Cruz is looking forward to going to Cleveland to thank the many people who played an important role in supporting his campaign."

When pressed on what that means - Cruz will go but won't speak? - Frazier added: "He'll be there, and we're going to be looking for what the best way is to connect with those who were behind the campaign and make sure they're appropriately thanked."

Cruz has more than 560 delegates bound to him on the first ballot. Denying him a speaking slot could rile up those in the conservative grassroots who see Cruz as their de facto leader.

Hallie Jackson

Trump Calls Warren 'Racist' and 'A Total Fraud'

Donald Trump told NBC News that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is "racist" and "a total fraud" after attacking him during a Hillary Clinton rally in Ohio on Monday.

"She made up her heritage, which I think is racist. I think she's a racist, actually because what she did was very racist," Trump said in a phone interview.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee has revisited a 2012 attack on Warren used during her contentious Senate race against Republican Scott Brown, who hit Warren for having listed herself as Native American while working as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. Media outlets who examined her background concluded that she was, at most, 1/32 Cherokee.

"She used the fact that she was Native American to advance her career. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud. I know it. Other people who work with her know it. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud," Trump said.

Warren has been one of Trump's fiercest attack dogs on the Democratic side, a role she relished while making her campaign debut with Clinton in Cincinnati.

"He will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants," Warren said of Trump. "That's who he is."

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Report: Scant evidence of Trump's charity


The Washington Post investigated Donald Trump's charitable contributions and found Trump often makes promises to donate but the proof of those donations is rarely found. Reporter David Fahrenthold joins MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell for more.

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