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2:40 AM 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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Hill Republicans despondent over Trump  —  Senate Republicans have tried to work with Donald Trump.  They've offered gentle advice and firm guidance, hoping he'll morph into a general election candidate who won't kill their chances of keeping the Senate, or better yet, will give Hillary Clinton a run for her money.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump responds: Obama was more angry at me than at shooter  —  Donald Trump responded to President Barack Obama's criticism of his rhetoric on Islam and terrorism on Tuesday night, accusing the president of directing his anger at him rather than at the perpetrator of Sunday's mass shooting in Florida.
Obama goes on tirade against Trump over ‘dangerous’ Muslim ban, ‘radical Islam’  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Tuesday unleashed a blistering verbal assault on Donald Trump and his “dangerous” proposal for a ban on Muslims entering the country, saying the suggestion violates …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Denounces Donald Trump for His ‘Dangerous’ Mind-Set
Discussion: Guardian
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton Has 12-Point Edge Over Trump in Bloomberg National Poll  —  Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened up a double-digit lead nationally over Republican Donald Trump, whose negatives remain unusually high for a presidential candidate amid early indications that the Orlando terrorist attack has had little direct impact on the 2016 race.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Trump gains slightly on Clinton after Florida attack: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race has narrowed since late last week, according to the results of the first Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted since the Orlando shooting rampage on Sunday.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
After massacre, Trump speech takes 2016 race in a scary direction  —  Hillary Clinton delivered a speech midday in Cleveland yesterday, reflecting on Americans' efforts to come to terms with the massacre in Orlando a day earlier.  “Democratic and Republican Presidents have risen to the occasion in the face of tragedy,” she said.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump's terror response has Republicans fretting anew
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Clinton wins D.C. primary  —  Hillary Clinton won the final Democratic primary Tuesday night as voters in Washington, D.C., delivered a resounding win to the party's presumptive nominee, one week after she clinched the nomination.  —  The contest marked the close of one of the longest primary fights in American history.
Discussion: ABC News
Sanders Begins Setting Terms for Closing Out Democratic Race
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Sanders scripts his primary-season finale
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders to Discuss Future of Democratic Party in Private Meeting
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Sanders Outlines The Changes He'd Like To See From The Democratic Party
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 …
NBC News:
Omar Mateen's Wife Tried to Talk Him Out of Orlando Attack, Sources Say  —  The Orlando gunman's wife has told federal agents she tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attack, NBC News has learned.  —  Omar Mateen's current wife, Noor, told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
FBI Will Look At Whether Conflicted Sexuality Played Role In Orlando Attack
Omar Mateen: Investigators say Orlando gunman made surveillance trips to Disney, Pulse
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump  —  Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anderson Cooper absolutely grilled Florida's GOP attorney general over her support for LGBT people … CNN's Anderson Cooper went after Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) hard in a one-on-one interview Tuesday, calling into question her status as a champion for LGBT Floridians given …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Now Peter Thiel's Lawyer Wants to Silence Reporting on Trump's Hair [Updated]  —  Is Donald Trump's Hair a $60,000 Weave?  A Gawker Investigation Is Donald Trump's Hair a $60,000 Weave?  A Gawker Investigation Is Donald Trump's Hair a $60,000 Weave?  A Gawker I
New York Daily News:
What is it like to fire an AR-15?  It's horrifying, menacing and very very loud  —  It feels like a bazooka — and sounds like a cannon.  —  One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and …
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 …
Discussion: The Resurgent
New York Times:
Donald Trump Responds to Orlando Attack by Exploiting Fear, Not Easing It  —  It was one of George W. Bush's most viscerally powerful commercials against John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race: A pack of wolves lurking in a forest as a narrator accused Mr. Kerry of slashing intelligence gathering against terrorists.
Discussion: CNBC
Bob Owens / Bearing Arms:
NARRATIVE FAIL: Orlando Islamic Terrorist Did NOT Use An AR-15
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Florida gov: Obama hasn't called me since shooting … Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) says President Obama has not yet called him in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  —  “He has not called us,” Scott said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends.”  —  “A staffer has called, but no, he has not called.”
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and RedState
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson: Gays & Islamists Are Allies So ‘Let Them Kill Themselves’  —  Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson reacted to the massacre at an Orlando gay club by making the absurd claim that liberal LGBT rights advocates have aligned themselves with radical Islamists and are now reaping what they have sowed.
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