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11:55 PM ET, June 16, 2016


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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 …
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.
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.
John Hinderaker / Power LinePower Line:   McCain Tees Off on Obama
Michael Wilkinson / Telegraph:
Thomas Mair: Man arrested in connection with attack on Jo Cox was ‘a quiet loner who kept himself to himself’  —  The man arrested in connection with the death of MP Jo Cox was named as “loner” Thomas Mair, 52, who lived in a small semi detached house on the Field Head council estate in Birstall.
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.
Washington Post:
British lawmaker dies following shooting and stabbing attack that stuns nation
Jo Cox MP dies after attack in West Yorkshire - latest updates
Heather Stewart / Guardian:
Jo Cox: Labour's rising star whose life was cut short
British MP Jo Cox dies after attack
Discussion: Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Trump is unifying Dems  —  Democrats get more unified every time Donald Trump  —  speaks, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.  —  “Keep on talking,” she encouraged the presumptive Republican nominee.  —  In the twilight of a long and often contentious Democratic primary …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
One Year of Donald Trump's Campaign: The Times He's Flip-Flopped
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump and Bill Clinton photos set to go public
Discussion: ABC News
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Dozens of U.S. Diplomats, in Memo, Urge Strikes Against Syria's Assad  —  WASHINGTON — More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration's policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government …
Discussion: The Week
Maria Abi-Habib / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. State Department Officials Call for Strikes Against Syria's Assad
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.
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Jeff Weaver: Sanders campaign is not lobbying superdelegates  —  Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager, said the campaign is not lobbying superdelegates to support the Vermont senator, but he remains a candidate for the Democratic nomination.  —  “We're not currently lobbying superdelegates …
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders vows to work with Clinton to transform Democratic Party
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Erica Rakow / WPLG-TV:
Pulse shooting recorded by Miami man hiding in bathroom  —  Miguel Leiva says he thinks about those who died in attack  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - Miguel Leiva didn't listen when gunman Omar Mateen told patrons huddled in a bathroom at Pulse Orlando nightclub to come out or else they'd die.
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL and KFOR-TV
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
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.
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?
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
MEDIA DIRTY TRICKS: CBS, NBC Manipulate Polling Data to Show Hillary with Lead Over Trump  —  The liberal media is up to its usual tricks again.  —  CBS released a poll Wednesday that shows Hillary Clinton with a big six point lead over Donald Trump.  —  But when you look at the data …
Discussion: American Thinker and CBS News
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.
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.
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 …
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
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USA Today:
Lin-Manuel Miranda confirms he'll leave ‘Hamilton’ July 9
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
The First Big Company to Say It's Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.
Discussion: Marijuana and The Verge
Caroline May / Breitbart:
441 Syrian Refugees Admitted to the U.S. Since the Orlando Attack, Dozens to Florida
John Lott / New York Post:
Why terrorists target gun-free zones
Austin Bay / The New York Observer:
Vladimir Putin Has Everything He Needs to Blackmail Hillary Clinton
Discussion: TPNN and American Thinker
Pam Key / Breitbart:
CIA Director: Islamic State Attempting to Infiltrate the West Through Refugee Flows
 Earlier Items: 
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Anderson Cooper's Orlando Ranting Is Bad For America
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump, Chasing Campaign Cash, Veers From Battleground States
FOX31 Denver:
Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting