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8:50 PM ET, June 16, 2016

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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
Guardian:
Jo Cox MP dies after attack in West Yorkshire - latest updates
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.
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
McCain claims Obama ‘directly responsible’ for Orlando massacre, then backtracks  —  President Barack Obama is “directly responsible” for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Sen. John McCain said Thursday.  But he quickly backtracked after his comments were reported.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: President Obama ‘Directly Responsible’ For Orlando Shooting
Discussion: alan.com
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
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
One Year of Donald Trump's Campaign: The Times He's Flip-Flopped
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:   GOP Elder Says He'll Vote For Clinton, Trump Isn't ‘Willing To Learn’
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump's campaign hits a wall
Discussion: alan.com and Raw Story
The Intercept:
Democrats Embrace Secretive, Flawed Terror Watchlist in Fight Against Gun Violence  —  Democratic leaders came out in force on Wednesday in favor of a proposal to prohibit Americans who are on federal government terrorist watchlists from purchasing firearms.  A group of Democratic senators waged a filibuster on the Senate floor.
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NBC News:
Filibuster Ends After GOP Agrees to Allow Gun Control Votes: Senator
Media Matters for America:
20-Plus Years Of Anti-Gay Hate From The NRA  —  The NRA Has Attacked Gay People For Decades  —  NRA Top Lobbyist On May 20: Societal Acceptance Of Transgender People Is “Perverted” And “Twisted.”  Chris Cox, who is the NRA's top lobbyist and directs political efforts as the head …
Steven Hayward / Power LinePower Line:
Is Trump Our Charles de Gaulle?  —  The most frequent cliché about Trump from his detractors is that he's the next Hitler, which is silly.  Trump may be many defective things, but he's not that.  —  But I wonder if he might be our Charles de Gaulle?
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 …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Bloomberg:
More Companies Opt to Sit Out Trump's Coronation in Cleveland  —  Wells Fargo, UPS, Motorola Solutions, JPMorgan and Ford are among previous sponsors that won't give this year.  —  zachmider  —  A growing number of prominent U.S. corporations are opting to drop or scale back their sponsorship …
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: TPNN and American Thinker
CBS News:
CBS News producer shows how easy it is to buy an assault rifle  —  The Orlando nightclub shootings have restarted the debate over guns and in particular, the AR-15 style rifle, often called an assault rifle.  But in many states across the country, the laws are pretty straightforward when it comes to purchasing a gun.
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 …
John Lott / New York Post:
Why terrorists target gun-free zones  —  When will politicians finally recognize that they can't protect all the possible shooting targets?  —  Possibly the largest mass public shooting in US history occurred early on Sunday morning, leaving 50 dead.  On Friday, also in Orlando, singer Christina Grimmie was murdered after a concert.
 
 
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