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5:25 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.
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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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: President Obama ‘Directly Responsible’ For Orlando Shooting  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told reporters Thursday that President Barack Obama was “directly responsible” for the Orlando shooting because the Islamic State terror group grew in size during his administration, The Associated Press reported.
Discussion: alan.com and Mediaite
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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
CIA head: No reduction in ISIS terror threat
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
New York Times:
Jo Cox, Member of British Parliament, Is Killed in Attack
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’
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump and Bill Clinton photos set to go public
Discussion: ABC News
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
ABC News:
Congress Stalemated on Guns Despite Shooting, Filibuster
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Sen. Pat Toomey Working With Gun-Control Group Everytown
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
Leah Barkoukis / Townhall.com:
Report: ‘Islamic Refugee’ Arrested in New Mexico Town With Gas Pipeline Plans
Richard Westcott / BBC:
EgyptAir MS804 crash: Voice recorder recovered from sea
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TPNN
Jay Caruso / RedState:
A United States Senator Actually Said “Due Process Is What's Killing Us Now.” (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Business Insider
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump steps up fight to keep Trump University deposition videos secret
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Poll shows Clinton, Grassley leading in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and CBS News
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It seems that Donald Trump doesn't really like being called ‘The Donald’
Discussion: The Week
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
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump calls her ‘Crooked Hillary,’ but his fans just say ‘b—’