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8:20 AM ET, June 15, 2016


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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Sanders scripts his primary-season finale
Sanders Begins Setting Terms for Closing Out Democratic Race
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders to Discuss Future of Democratic Party in Private Meeting
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and Hot Air
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Meet as Their Battle Ends
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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.
Leslie Odom Jr / CBS News:
Trump: Obama “was more angry at me than at the shooter”
Discussion: Mediaite and CBS Boston
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 …
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: The Federalist
NBC News:
Omar Mateen's Wife Tried to Talk Him Out of Orlando Attack, Sources Say
CBS News:
Orlando survivor: Gunman tried to spare black people
Discussion: The Root and CBS New York
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
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.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Anderson Cooper grills Bondi on LGBT support  —  CNN's Anderson Cooper asks Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi about her role and fight against the LGBT community.  Source: CNN
Discussion: Naked Politics
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anderson Cooper absolutely grilled Florida's GOP attorney general over her support for LGBT people
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 …
David S. Cohen / Rolling Stone:
Why It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment  —  “[It] needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact,” says constitutional law professor  —  I teach the Constitution for a living.  I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one.
Discussion: The Resurgent
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
How the NRA and conservatives have perverted the meaning of the right to bear arms.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Battleground boss: Clinton leads Trump across swing-state map  —  Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the 11 pivotal states likely to determine the outcome of this year's presidential election, according to the debut of POLITICO's Battleground States polling average.
Eleanor Ainge Roy / Guardian:
Avocado shortage fuels crime wave in New Zealand  —  Thieves capitalise on booming black market for the fruit amid soaring demand  —  Surging local and international demand for avocados is fuelling a crime wave in New Zealand.  —  Since January there have been close to 40 large-scale thefts …
Discussion: Mashable
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Rick Perlstein / New Republic:
It goes way, way back  —  The schism between Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Noah Remnick / New York Times:
Elliot Morales, Who Killed Gay Man in West Village, Gets 40 Years to Life
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Gothamist
Tom Parfitt / Daily Express:
Horror as teenage girl ‘stabbed as sacrifice’ during Ramadan
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch
Rich Zeoli / CBS Philly:
Milo Yiannopoulos: Islam Is The Problem
Discussion: Breitbart
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Kamala Harris strengthened, Loretta Sanchez weak as general election begins, new poll finds
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Virginia's Forbes loses GOP House primary after redistricting
New York Times:
Donald Trump Responds to Orlando Attack by Exploiting Fear, Not Easing It
Discussion: Mother Jones, RedState and CNBC
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: 'I'm much better for the gays'
Alan Cole / Tax Foundation:
Modeling the Estate Tax Proposals of 2016
Discussion: and Hot Air
FOX 61:
Woman breastfeeding in Torrington Target verbally assaulted, staff comes to her defense
Discussion: Raw Story
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump