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6:50 AM ET, June 17, 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 …
CBS News:
Gun store owner: We called FBI before Orlando shooting  —  JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — The co-owner of a Florida gun store says his employees contacted law enforcement before the Orlando shooting after gunman Omar Mateen attempted to purchase body armor and ammunition.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
A Life of Violent Threats Paved Way for Orlando Attack  —  Often citing Islamic terrorists, Omar Mateen worried peers, employers and the FBI, but wasn't stopped  —  Again and again for much of his life, Omar Mateen let people know he was a violent, dangerous person capable of murder.
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.
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:
51 U.S. Diplomats Urge Strikes Against Assad in Syria  —  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 …
Maria Abi-Habib / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. State Department Officials Call for Strikes Against Syria's Assad  —  Dozens of officials sign confidential document protesting Obama administration policy, urge regime change  —  BEIRUT—Dozens of State Department officials this week protested against U.S. policy in Syria …
Transcript: Bernie Sanders speech in Burlington, Vermont  —  Election days come and go.  But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end.  They continue every day, every week and every month in the fight to create a nation of social and economic justice.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders vows to work with Clinton to transform Democratic Party
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Jeff Weaver: Sanders campaign is not lobbying superdelegates
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
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.
John Hinderaker / Power LinePower Line:   McCain Tees Off on Obama
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 …
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
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, KFOR-TV and AOL
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - 'Why shouldn't we enjoy ourselves just because the country is burning?'  Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers scavenge for scraps in the gutter... and even the DOGS are starving  — Venezuela's economy was destroyed by ‘Chavismo’ …
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?
Jeff.Schogol / Marine Corps Times:
West Coast Marines under investigation for alleged threat to gay bars  —  Two active-duty Marines are under investigation in connection to a social media post purportedly threatening to attack gay bars following Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Florida.  —  The California-based …
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.
Arielle Dollinger / New York Times:
Weapons Cache and Bomb-Making Instructions Found at Long Island Home  —  YAPHANK, N.Y. — A Long Island man was arrested on weapons charges on Thursday after police officers found assault rifles, bomb-making instructions, over $40,000 in cash and Nazi paraphernalia in his house, the authorities said.
Kate Bennett / Independent Journal …:
Obama Goes to Orlando Memorial and Demands an Explanation From Gun Rights Supporters  —  President Obama spent Thursday afternoon in Orlando, Florida, visiting with victims' families and survivors of Sunday's deadly massacre at Pulse nightclub.  —  This is the eighth time during his presidency …
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Poll: Americans split on Trump's proposed Muslim ban
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
Ariel Sabar / The Atlantic:
The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus's Wife
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: The Week, Engadget, Marijuana and The Verge
Caroline May / Breitbart:
441 Syrian Refugees Admitted to the U.S. Since the Orlando Attack, Dozens to Florida
Media Matters for America:
20-Plus Years Of Anti-Gay Hate From The NRA
John Lott / New York Post:
Why terrorists target gun-free zones
 Earlier Items: 
Austin Bay / The New York Observer:
Vladimir Putin Has Everything He Needs to Blackmail Hillary Clinton
Discussion: TPNN
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Anderson Cooper's Orlando Ranting Is Bad For America
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story