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9:30 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
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:
Trump: Obama “was more angry at me than at the shooter”
Discussion: Mediaite and CBS Boston
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Clinton wins D.C. primary
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and Hot Air
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Nobuhiro Kubo / Reuters:
China spy ship ‘shadowing’ U.S., Japanese, Indian naval drill in Western Pacific  —  A Chinese observation ship shadowed the U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Western Pacific on Wednesday, the carrier's commander said, as it joined warships from Japan and India for drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard.
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Ralston Reports: Small turnout creates big ripples  —  The voters have spoken.  —  Well, some of them.  Actually, very few of them, less than a fifth of those registered.  —  But minority though they may have been Tuesday, the voters did tell us something as storylines emerged …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Rick Perlstein / New Republic:
It goes way, way back  —  The schism between Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
 Earlier Items: 
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Kamala Harris strengthened, Loretta Sanchez weak as general election begins, new poll finds
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
CBS News:
Orlando survivor: Gunman tried to spare black people
Discussion: The Root and CBS New York
Jeff Haldiman / Jefferson City News Tribune:
County won't fly flags at half-staff
Discussion: ThinkProgress, and KFOR-TV
FOX 61:
Woman breastfeeding in Torrington Target verbally assaulted, staff comes to her defense
Discussion: Raw Story