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8:05 PM ET, June 12, 2016

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Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Ex-wife of suspected Orlando shooter: ‘He beat me’  —  The ex-wife of the 29-year-man suspected of killing 50 people in a Orlando nightclub early Sunday said that he was violent and mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married.  —  The ex-wife said she met Omar Mateen online …
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Max Bearak / Washington Post:
Orlando shooting suspect's father hosted a political TV show and even tried to run for the Afghan presidency  —  The father of Omar Mateen, identified by police as the man behind the carnage at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, is an Afghan man who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban.
Bednarz / City of Orlando:
Victims  —  On this very difficult day, we offer heartfelt condolences to today's victims and their families.  Our City is working tirelessly to get as much information out to the families so they can begin the grieving process.  Please keep the following individuals in your thoughts and prayers.
Florida Today:
Co-worker: Omar Mateen homophobic, ‘unhinged’ … A former Fort Pierce police officer who once worked with 29-year-old Omar Mateen, the assailant in an Orlando nightclub shooting that left at least 50 dead, said he was “unhinged and unstable.”  —  Daniel Gilroy said he worked the 7 a.m …
Discussion: Instapundit
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Omar Mateen, Terrorist Who Attacked Orlando Gay Club, Had Been Investigated by FBI  —  Mateen was a ‘known quantity’ to federal law enforcement before he killed 53 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  —  Omar Mateen of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, came to the attention …
NBC News:
At Least 50 Dead After ‘Terrorism’ at Orlando Gay Club  —  Rep. Alan Grayson: This Might Be a Hate Crime 4:02  —  At least 50 people are dead and more than 50 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, police said.
New York Times:
Gunman in Orlando Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Before Attack  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub here early Sunday in a shooting that left 50 dead and another 53 wounded.  The gunman, identified as Omar Mateen …
NBC News:
Orlando Nightclub Shooter Called 911 to Pledge Allegiance to ISIS: Sources  —  NBC News: Suspect swore allegiance to ISIS 2:53  —  The gunman who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida early Sunday, shooting over 100 people, had called 911 moments before to pledge allegiance to the leader of ISIS …
Donald J Trump for President:
DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT REGARDING TRAGIC TERRORIST ATTACK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA  —  Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist.  It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months.  My deepest sympathy and support goes …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacre  —  As lawmakers from both parties rushed to condemn the mass shooting that left 50 dead in Orlando, Republicans appeared to shy away from noting the LGBT connection, while Democrats explicitly brought it up.  —  Officials say the shooting …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Rewire
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
What We Know About Omar Mateen, Suspected Orlando Nightclub Shooter  —  Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen, has been identified as the suspect in Sunday's mass shooting that left at least 50 dead and more than 50 others wounded at the Pulse Nightclub, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Scene of mass shooting more than ‘just another gay club’
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Father of reported Orlando shooter: Son possibly motivated by seeing two men kiss
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:   President Obama Expresses Outrage Over Massacre at Nightclub
Matt Higgins / CBS New York:
CBS News: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Orlando Nightclub Attack That Left 50 Dead
David Caplan / ABC News:
At Least 50 Dead in Orlando Gay Club Shooting, Suspect Pledged Allegiance to ISIS, Officials Say
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Gunman in Orlando pledged allegiance to ISIS; at least 50 killed in shooting rampage at gay club
Kurt Vile / CBS News:
Islamic terrorism tie eyed in Orlando gay bar shooting
NBC News:
Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Mass Casualties After Gunman Opens Fire in Gay Club
Discussion: Fox News, Guardian and Sky Dancing
Los Angeles Times:
Man with weapons and possible explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, sources say  —  Joel Rubin and Hailey Branson Potts  —  Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he was in town …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump takes credit for ‘being right on radical Islamic terrorism’  —  Donald Trump wasted little time seeking political advantage in the massacre at a Florida nightclub, taking credit for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism” in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Obama: ‘An act of terror and an act of hate’
Kristen East / Politico:
Cruz: Every American must unite to halt ISIL
Discussion: RedState
Brittany / Equality Florida:
Equality Florida Statement and Updates on Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub  —  Equality Florida Statement on Mass Shooting at Orlando Gay Club  —  We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the 2am capacity crowd at Pulse leaving 50 people dead and over 50 injured according to preliminary reports.
Discussion: WCTX-TV and New Urban Legends
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Lisa Cianci / Orlando Sentinel:
Blood donors needed after mass shooting in Orlando
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Obama calls Orlando shooting an ‘act of terror,’ other politicians react
Discussion: WKRG-TV and The Last Tradition
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Is Looking for a Way Out  —  Long before Donald Trump made his first foray into Las Vegas real estate, I had an unsettling experience gambling in a downtown Vegas casino.  The cards were falling my way until late at night, when I began making subtle mistakes.  My stack of poker chips, once piled high, dwindled.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's New Ad Attacks Donald Trump Using Strong Words (His)  —  In her first ad of the general election campaign, Hillary Clinton will use Donald J. Trump's words to portray him as a violently divisive candidate who is intolerant of the diverse fabric of the American electorate.
Discussion: AOL
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton launches first general election ad
 
 
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