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12:50 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Poll shows Clinton, Grassley leading in Iowa  —  Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 percentage points in Iowa, according to a survey of registered voters conducted this month by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.  —  Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: DNC Faked Oppo Research Hack To Divert Attention From Clinton
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider, Gawker and CANNONFIRE
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It seems that Donald Trump doesn't really like being called ‘The Donald’  —  It was in the pages of Spy magazine, the periodical that gave the world “short-fingered vulgarian,” that we first learned of Ivana Trump's nickname for her husband: The Donald.  As Spy had it in a 1989 profile …
Discussion: The Week
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Trump Campaign Turns One
Discussion: Politico and WWAY-TV
NBC News:
First Read: Clinton Begins Battleground Ad Blitz
Discussion: Townhall.com, Daily Kos, Politico and CNN
Nick Gass / Politico:
Kasich on Trump: 'I just can't do it'  —  John Kasich is in agony over his decision last year to support the eventual Republican nominee and the current reality that Donald Trump is his party's presumptive standard-bearer.  —  “You know, it's painful.  It's painful.  You know, people even get divorces, you know?
Discussion: The Week
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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.
Malia Zimmerman / Fox News:
Orlando terrorist's chilling Facebook posts from inside club revealed  —  EXCLUSIVE: In the hours after he blasted his way into an Orlando gay nightclub, and with his victims lying dead or wounded around him, Omar Mateen took to Facebook to pledge his loyalty to ISIS and threaten more attacks …
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Mr. Mark Zuckerberg / Fox News:
Letter from Sen. Ron Johnson to Facebook regarding Orlando shooter's posts
Discussion: The Last Refuge
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.
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: alan.com and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders Not Being Vetted as Hillary Clinton's Running Mate  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among a group of Democratic officials being considered  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign isn't considering primary rival Bernie Sanders as her running mate, but is actively looking …
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Reuters:   Clinton considering Warren, not Sanders, for running mate: WSJ
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Accused of Using His Charity as a Political Slush Fund  —  When the presumptive GOP nominee doled out money to veterans' groups over the past few months, he did so using the Trump Foundation—which, according to FEC rules, is not allowed.  —  The Trump Foundation …
Discussion: RedState and The Week
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 …
Mark Schierbecker / The College Fix:
WATCH: Mizzou race activist hijacks Orlando vigil as gay community rebukes her  —  UPDATED  —  ‘Multicultural’ official scolds whites who preach unity  —  A vigil Monday planned by several University of Missouri student organizations was supposed to honor victims of Sunday morning's deadly shooting rampage …
The Daily Caller:
Global Warming Skeptic Responds To Massachusetts AG's Subpoena: ‘F**k Off, Fascist’  —  Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday.  —  Healey demanded the oil giant ExxonMobil hand over 40 years of documents …
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
Reuters:
U.S. officials say American Muslims do report extremist threats  —  Muslim-Americans have repeatedly informed authorities of fellow Muslims they fear might be turning to extremism, law enforcement officials say, contrary to a claim by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week.
Discussion: The Week
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump steps up fight to keep Trump University deposition videos secret  —  Lawyers for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are intensifying their drive to make sure the public doesn't see videos of Trump's recent testimony in connection with class-action fraud lawsuits …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump calls her ‘Crooked Hillary,’ but his fans just say ‘b—  ’  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — As thousands of Donald Trump supporters streamed out of an evening rally here this week, they walked past a handful of vendors from Ohio selling simple white T-shirts featuring Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and a vulgar joke.
 
 
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Associated Press:
CIA Chief: IS Working to Send Operatives to the West
Discussion: Politico and EconLog
Hans Pennink / New York Times:
Have Christians Created a Harmful Atmosphere for Gays?
Allie Kessel / ABC News:
8th-Grader Gets Yuge Laughs Impersonating Trump in Graduation Speech
Discussion: abc11.com and twitchy.com
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
‘Long and Genuine’ Hugs: Shooting Victims' Relatives Recall Obama's Empathy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Arizona Republic:
An out-of-the-way site in Paradise Valley
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Anuj Chopra / Yahoo:
Taliban use ‘honey trap’ boys to kill Afghan police
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 Earlier Items: 
Heather Walker / WOOD-TV:
Survivor: Kalamazoo cycling tragedy ‘still seems surreal’
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS Detroit
Sandra Pedicini / Orlando Sentinel:
Alligators a frequent sight at Disney World
Discussion: AOL and Fox News Insider
London Evening Standard:
Most Brits DO want to leave the EU, shock poll finds with a week to go
KGTV-TV:
Craigslist ad threatens Orlando-style massacre in San Diego
Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg:
Christie's Position Stage-Right to Trump Brings Harsh Spotlight
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Progressive Beacon Is a Former Goldman Sachs Banker and Bob Rubin Protégé
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Navy SEAL arrested in Santa Monica slaying
Discussion: Fox News
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton to unleash TV hell on Trump