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12:20 PM ET, June 15, 2016

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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Top Republicans join Obama in condemning Trump's words  —  Top Republicans joined with President Obama and other Democrats Tuesday in sharply condemning Donald Trump's reaction to the nightclub massacre in Orlando, decrying his anti-Muslim rhetoric and his questioning of Obama's allegiances …
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:
‘Highly offensive’: GOP lawmakers distance selves from Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Dismayed Republicans scrambled for cover Tuesday from Donald Trump's inflammatory response to the Orlando massacre, while President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton delivered fiery denunciations that underscored the potential peril for the GOP.
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
Leslie Odom Jr / CBS News:
Gauging Americans' views on Orlando mass shooting  —  By Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Sarah Dutton andJennifer De Pinto  —  A majority of Americans view the mass shooting over the weekend in Orlando, Florida as both an act of terrorism and a hate crime.  They are divided over whether U …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
In scathing remarks, Obama hits Trump head-on over radical Islam … President Obama lashed out at Donald Trump  —  on Tuesday, criticizing his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States and his attacks on the White House's handling of the war on terror.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama's tantrum a striking display of failed leadership  —  MORE FROM:  —  If it is true that the best defense is a good offense, President Obama should be celebrating in the end zone now.  Obviously furious over criticism that his anti-terror policies are weak and that the Orlando slaughter proves it …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Hill Republicans despondent over Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump responds: Obama was more angry at me than at shooter
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Negative views of Donald Trump just hit a new campaign high: 7 in 10 Americans  —  In the latest sign Americans are dreading their general election options — and particularly one of them — negative views of Donald Trump have surged to their highest level of the 2016 campaign, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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ABC News:
Trump's Unfavorables Spike, But Clinton's Challenged, Too (POLL)  —  Seven in 10 Americans see Donald Trump unfavorably in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, up 10 points in just the past month to a new high since he announced his candidacy for president.  But Hillary Clinton reached a new high for unfavorability as well, 55 percent.
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton Has 12-Point Edge Over Trump in Bloomberg National Poll
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo/ABC poll: America decides it really dislikes its presidential options
Discussion: Instapundit
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Scott Fais / mynews13.com:
Mateen to News 13 producer: 'I'm the shooter.  It's me.'  —  Matthew Gentili, a producer at News 13, took a call from someone who claimed to be Omar Mateen, 45 minutes after the shooting at Pulse had begun.  —  ORLANDO —  In the midst of the chaos early Sunday morning at Pulse nightclub …
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:   'I'm the shooter. It's me': Gunman called local TV station during attack, station says
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Dem senator: Anti-LGBT laws helped fuel Orlando shooter  —  (D-Ore.) said Tuesday that anti-LGBT laws across the U.S. are “motivated” by the same hate behind Orlando's recent massacre at a gay nightclub.  —  “I think it's important for folks to realize the type of hate and prejudice …
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Times
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Kenneth R. Timmerman / The Hill:
Political correctness to blame for Orlando massacre  —  The FBI placed Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, 29, on its terrorist watch list in 2013 after co-workers reported that he had made “inflammatory comments” they felt showed his sympathies for terrorist groups.
Discussion: Politico
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI raid home of Orlando gunman's in-laws after killer's wife revealed she KNEW …
Kristin Murphy / KSL-TV:
Lt. Gov. Cox speaks at vigil for Orlando: ‘My heart has changed’  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox addressed a vigil held Monday night to honor the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Orlando.  Here is a transcript of his remarks:  —  Ladies and Gentlemen,
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Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Apologizes To LGBT Community At Orlando Vigil: ‘My Heart Has Changed’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Suggests Site Of Orlando Attack Wasn't Gay Club: ‘It Was Mostly Latinos’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Joe.My.God.
CNN:
Alligator grabs toddler, drags him into lagoon at Disney hotel, police say  —  Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN)An alligator grabbed a 2-year-old boy and dragged him into a lagoon Tuesday night at a Disney hotel near Orlando as his father desperately tried to save him.
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Christal Hayes / Orlando Sentinel:
Deputies: Gator drags child into water near Disney's Grand Floridian  —  Helicopters hover over the water next to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Picture courtesy Twitter user @Menardness.  —  Privacy Policy  —  Deputies are searching for a young child who was dragged into the water …
Patrick Howley / Breitbart:
Hillary Clinton Received Secret Memo Stating Obama Admin ‘Support’ for ISIS  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Hillary Clinton received a classified intelligence report stating that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders still in the race after meeting with Clinton … is staying in the Democratic presidential race after meeting with rival Hillary Clinton  —  , the party's presumptive nominee, for nearly two hours at a Washington, D.C. hotel on Tuesday night.  —  Sanders and Clinton met …
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Featured stories:
A Trump Rally in Greensboro “Anger in here is palpable”  —  in which a sane man live tweets insanity  —  Will be live tweeting from Trump's rally in Greensboro tonight.  I'm sure it'll be measured and thoughtful.  —  Jared Yates Sexton  —  Trump event like a security state.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Daily Caller:
DHS Secretary: Right-Wingers Pose Same Threat As Islamic Extremists  —  One month after the San Bernardino terrorist attack that left 14 innocent people dead, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told advisors that right wing extremists pose just as much of a threat to the country as Islamic extremists.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Bill Clinton: More people would have died if clubgoers were armed  —  said Tuesday that more people would have died in the terrorist attack at a nightclub in Orlando over the weekend if clubgoers had been armed and shot back at the lone gunman.  —  In an interview with Bloomberg TV …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Study: Popular ObamaCare plans to see double-digit premium hike  —  Premiums for the most popular ObamaCare plans are expected to rise by an average of 11 percent next year, according to new research that will likely fuel GOP attacks against the healthcare law.
Discussion: kff.org and Morning Consult
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House GOP leaders block LGBT vote after Orlando shooting  —  House GOP leaders won't allow a vote this week on a proposal to ensure that federal contractors can't discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  —  Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who is gay …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump: U.S. troops stole money in Iraq  —  Donald Trump rang in the Army's 241st birthday in unusual fashion on Tuesday — by calling attention to theft of government funds by American soldiers in Iraq.  —  “Iraq, crooked as hell.  How about bringing baskets of money …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump: I won't kick reporters out of White House press briefing room  —  While Donald Trump's campaign is refusing to give press credentials to reporters from The Washington Post and several other news outlets, he says the ban will not remain in effect if he is elected.
 
 
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CNN:
Anderson Cooper grills Bondi on LGBT support
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David S. Cohen / Rolling Stone:
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