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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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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.
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.
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
Leslie Odom Jr / CBS News:
Gauging Americans' views on Orlando mass shooting
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CBS Boston
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
‘Highly offensive’: GOP lawmakers distance selves from Trump
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
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  —  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.
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 …
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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.
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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Leslie Odom Jr / CBS News:
Trump: Obama “was more angry at me than at the shooter”
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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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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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com
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.
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 …
New York Times:
The Corrosive Politics That Threaten L.G.B.T. Americans  —  As families began planning funerals for the victims of Sunday's rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., gay Americans mourned a loss that extended beyond the lives cut short.  —  Omar Mateen shattered the tenuous …
CNN:
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
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anderson Cooper absolutely grilled Florida's GOP attorney general over her support for LGBT people
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
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
How the NRA and conservatives have perverted the meaning of the right to bear arms.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Poll: Likely Voters Support Temporary Ban on Muslims Entering US - 22 Point Swing Since May  —  Trump was right.  —  50 percent of voters now support a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. 42 percent of likely voters reject the idea.  That's a 22 point swing since May.  (Reuters)
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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