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7:15 PM ET, June 16, 2016

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CNN:
Orlando shooter texted wife during attack, source says  —  The Orlando shooter and his wife exchanged text messages during the Pulse nightclub rampage, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN.  Around 4 a.m., about two hours after he started the attack and while holed …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
John McCain: Obama is ‘directly responsible’ for Orlando attack  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the elder Republican statesman, said President Obama was “directly responsible” for the terror attack in Orlando due to his failure to combat the rise of the Islamic State terror group.
Associated Press:
McCain: Obama ‘directly responsible’ for Orlando shooting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is “directly responsible” for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because Obama has allowed the growth of the Islamic State group on his watch.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: President Obama ‘Directly Responsible’ For Orlando Shooting
Discussion: alan.com
Guardian:
Labour MP Jo Cox in critical condition after being shot and stabbed  —  Fifty-two-year-old man arrested after incident in Birstall, near Dewsbury, in which a second person is also hurt  —  Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, has been shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency.
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Washington Post:
British lawmaker dies following shooting and stabbing attack that stuns nation  —  LONDON — A member of Britain's Parliament was shot and stabbed to death Thursday in an attack that stunned the nation and brought to an immediate halt the country's European Union referendum campaign just a week before the vote.
BBC:
Jo Cox MP critically injured amid shooting reports
Politico:
British MP Jo Cox dies after attack
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Is Donald Trump's Endgame the Launch of Trump News?  —  The candidate is considering starting his own cable empire.  —  Every election cycle has its own breakout media star.  In 1992, it was CNN.  A few years later, it would be an e-mail blast called the Drudge Report.
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Exclusive: Armitage to back Clinton over Trump  —  Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their party's presumptive nominee.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump and Bill Clinton photos set to go public  —  The Clinton Presidential Library is preparing to release behind-the-scenes photos of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump meeting with former President Bill Clinton more than a decade and a half ago.
Discussion: ABC News
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:   GOP Elder Says He'll Vote For Clinton, Trump Isn't ‘Willing To Learn’
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
One Year of Donald Trump's Campaign: The Times He's Flip-Flopped
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tony Dokoupil / NBC News:
Family of AR-15 Inventor Eugene Stoner: He Didn't Intend It for Civilians  —  Once Banned, These Assault Rifles Are Hugely Popular in the U.S. 0:52  —  The AR-15 is the most talked about gun in America.  —  But the AR-15's creator died before the weapon became a popular hit and his family has never spoken out.
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NBC News:
Filibuster Ends After GOP Agrees to Allow Gun Control Votes: Senator
New York Times:
The N.R.A.'s Complicity in Terrorism  —  “America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” one spokesman for Al Qaeda said in a 2011 recruitment video.  “So what are you waiting for?”  —  Few places on earth make it easier than the United States for a terrorist to buy assault weapons …
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ABC News:
Congress Stalemated on Guns Despite Shooting, Filibuster
Discussion: Politico and Trail Blazers Blog
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Alabama Congressman: Muslim Community Wants To “Kill Every Homosexual” In The U.S.  —  Rep. Mo Brooks says that the Democrats are in a “perplexing position.”  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said on Thursday that the American Muslim community would “kill every homosexual …
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Upton not endorsing Trump: The train is ‘off the track’  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton says he is not planning to endorse Donald Trump for president, deepening the divide in Michigan's GOP congressional delegation about supporting the party's presumptive nominee.
Hank Berrien / Daily Wire:
West Hollywood Inundated With AMAZING Pro-Gun, Pro-Gay Posters  —  On Wednesday morning, posters suddenly appeared in West Hollywood, California featuring a gay version of the Gadsden Flag featuring a rattlesnake on top of the gay rainbow.  The flags also had the hashtag #ShootBack indicating …
Kelly Ayotte / BostonGlobe.com:
AMERICAN RETIREES ARE LIVING OFF OF GUN SALES.  —  Some of the largest investors in gun companies are average Americans who own index funds in their workplace retirement plans.  If you have a 401(k) plan with Vanguard Group, in all likelihood you own gun stocks — and you've done well off it.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Anderson Cooper's Orlando Ranting Is Bad For America  —  Many members of the nation's elite media and political institutions have not exactly covered themselves with glory in the days following the ISIS attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Early on Sunday morning …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
FOX31 Denver:
Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting … DENVER — Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The tragedy is generating new debate over gun control reform and the right to bear arms.  —  Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings.
Austin Bay / The New York Observer:
Vladimir Putin Has Everything He Needs to Blackmail Hillary Clinton  —  American intelligence officers are asking not ‘if’ but ‘when’ the Kremlin will dip into its arsenal of Clinton collateral  —  RUMINT (Rumor Intelligence) is rife with reports that Russian intelligence agencies are preparing …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Contractors Get Partial Win at Supreme Court on Fraud Suits  —  Court sets ‘demanding’ standard for False Claims Act lawsuits  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday limited the reach of a whistle-blower law designed to ferret out fraud, in a mixed ruling for health-care companies and other government contractors.
KGTV-TV:
Craigslist ad threatens Orlando-style massacre in San Diego  —  SAN DIEGO - Police are investigating an online threat of violence to San Diego's LGBT community that read: “You're next.”  —  On Tuesday evening, a 10News viewer saw the post in the men-seeking-men section of the Craigslist San Diego personal ads.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump, Chasing Campaign Cash, Veers From Battleground States  —  Donald J. Trump's campaign schedule is being driven by his fund-raising needs, prompting him to appear in heavily Republican states like Georgia and Texas and diverting his attention from battlegrounds where Hillary Clinton is spending her time.
AnneClaire Stapleton / CNN:
Orlando victim's grandmother gets stunning show of support  —  (CNN)One of the youngest victims in Orlando's deadly shooting was Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo.  Known as Omar to friends, he was a dancer and barista.  —  On Tuesday, less than three days after Omar's brutal murder, his grandmother …
 
 
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