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2:25 PM ET, June 15, 2016


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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.
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 …
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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump tweets story claiming ‘secret memo’ shows Obama supports ISIS  —  on Wednesday tweeted a link to an article that claims President Obama has indirectly supported the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), standing behind his remarks earlier this week that Obama might sympathize with terrorists.
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.
Kenneth R. Timmerman / The Hill:
Political correctness to blame for Orlando massacre
Discussion: Politico
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama's tantrum a striking display of failed leadership
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democrats mount gun control filibuster  —  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor — which was quickly joined by fellow Democrats — in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump to meet with NRA about banning gun sales for terror watch list
NRA Statement on Terror Watchlists
Discussion: Spiked and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Trump to Discuss Terrorism Watch List, No Fly Ban With NRA
Discussion: Politico
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Can Donald Trump Move the NRA on Guns?
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo/ABC poll: America decides it really dislikes its presidential options
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
Scott Fais /
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
Discussion: KRQE-TV
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.
Jeff Goldblum / CBS News:
4 gators killed after boy dragged from Orlando Disney resort
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,
Discussion: Raw Story
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Apologizes To LGBT Community At Orlando Vigil: ‘My Heart Has Changed’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
Analysis of 2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces  —  , Michelle Long, Selena Gonzales, and Nolan Sroczynski  —  Marketplace premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), already a subject of perennial interest …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:   Study: Popular ObamaCare plans to see double-digit premium hike
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's Democratic Party reforms focus on things that would've helped Bernie Sanders win  —  During a brief statement in Washington on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders outlined four proposals to reform the Democratic Party.  —  Those proposals are as follows, given in the order Sanders presented them.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders still in the race after meeting with Clinton
David Cay Johnston / The Daily Beast:
New Evidence Donald Trump Didn't Pay Taxes  —  If the presumptive GOP nominee keeps hiding his returns, Congress could force him to show his hand with a one-line amendment to the tax code.  —  New questions about the integrity of Donald Trump's income tax returns, and new indications …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Casts Himself as Gay-Rights Champion After Orlando Shooting  —  GOP candidate's sudden emphasis on protecting people targeted for their sexual orientation sparks debate in gay community  —  Unlike any previous Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump is casting himself …
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:, Atlas Obscura, AOL and Mashable
Associated Press:
GOP-Led House Committee Pushes Through Censure of IRS Head  —  A Republican-run House committee Wednesday voted to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, saying he failed to provide information demanded by Congress and lied under oath as lawmakers investigated allegations …
Discussion: Politico
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Florida guv pays tribute to victims
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI raid home of Orlando gunman's in-laws after killer's wife revealed she KNEW …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Dem senator: Anti-LGBT laws helped fuel Orlando shooter
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Times
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: Assimilation ‘Close’ To ‘Nonexistent’ Among American Muslims
Discussion: The Week
Colleen O'Connor / Denver Post:
Drunk customer leaves $1,000 tip for Colorado restaurant, takes it back next morning
Discussion: AOL
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