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3:50 PM ET, June 16, 2016

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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.
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  —  An MP is in a critical condition after suffering serious injuries in an apparent shooting and stabbing attack in her constituency.  —  Unconfirmed reports suggest Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed.
Politico:
British MP Jo Cox dies after attack
Discussion: Politico
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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Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:   GOP Elder Says He'll Vote For Clinton, Trump Isn't ‘Willing To Learn’
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  —  Murphy Ends Filibuster With Reminder of Sandy Hook Teacher's Bravery 7:40  —  Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House to Vote on Curbing NSA Surveillance in Wake of Orlando  —  Massie amendment requires court orders for certain searches  —  Opponents argue it would prevent searches for Orlando shooter  —  An internal Republican fight is emerging over an anti-surveillance amendment passed by the House each …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Cory Bennett / Politico:
House defeats privacy measure in wake of Orlando shootings
Discussion: Engadget
Malia Zimmerman / Fox News:
Orlando terrorist's chilling Facebook posts from inside club revealed
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.
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Kasich on Trump: 'I just can't do it'  —  John Kasich is in agony …
Discussion: The Week
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump's campaign hits a wall  —  's campaign for the White House is teetering amid dismal poll numbers, racially tinged controversies and a rising chorus of criticism from within the GOP.  —  After knocking Sen. Ted Cruz  —  (R-Texas) out of the primary in May, Trump picked up momentum and made strides in unifying the party.
Discussion: Raw Story and alan.com
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:   Ryan: ‘Not my plan’ to rescind Trump endorsement
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Trump Campaign Turns One
Discussion: Politico and WWAY-TV
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.
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
CIA head: No reduction in ISIS terror threat
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Signal
Pam Key / Breitbart:
CIA Director: Islamic State Attempting to Infiltrate the West Through Refugee Flows
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.
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / CNN:
First on CNN: Clinton campaign takes control of DNC  —  (CNN)Hillary Clinton's campaign is taking the reins of the Democratic National Committee, installing a new top official on Thursday to oversee the party's day-to-day operations through the general election.
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 …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's relationship with RNC sours  —  Donald Trump is relying heavily on the Republican Party to bolster his skeletal operation, but his campaign's relationship with the Republican National Committee is increasingly plagued by distrust, power struggles and strategic differences, according to sources in both camps.
Zach Seemayer / Entertainment Tonight:
EXCLUSIVE: Oprah Winfrey Endorses Hillary Clinton in Upcoming Election: 'It's a Seminal Moment for Women'  —  Oprah Winfrey is throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton.  —  Winfrey spoke with ET's Nancy O'Dell at the premiere of her new OWN drama, Greenleaf, and the media mogul opened …
 
 
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Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Israel Goes Full Trump on Gaza: Massive Concrete Wall Above And Below Ground Along Entire Border
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
AnneClaire Stapleton / CNN:
Orlando victim's grandmother gets stunning show of support
Richard Westcott / BBC:
EgyptAir MS804 crash: Voice recorder recovered from sea
Discussion: TPNN
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Poll shows Clinton, Grassley leading in Iowa
Discussion: CBS News, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It seems that Donald Trump doesn't really like being called ‘The Donald’
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Anuj Chopra / Yahoo:
Taliban use ‘honey trap’ boys to kill Afghan police
Discussion: The Resurgent and RedState
Sandra Pedicini / Orlando Sentinel:
Alligators a frequent sight at Disney World
Discussion: Fox News Insider and AOL
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Accused of Using His Charity as a Political Slush Fund
Discussion: The Week and RedState
KGTV-TV:
Craigslist ad threatens Orlando-style massacre in San Diego
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump calls her ‘Crooked Hillary,’ but his fans just say ‘b—’