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4:45 PM ET, June 12, 2016

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Los Angeles Times:
Man with weapons and possible explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, sources say  —  Joel Rubin and Hailey Branson Potts  —  Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he was in town …
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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Omar Mateen, Terrorist Who Attacked Orlando Gay Club, Had Been Investigated by FBI  —  Mateen was a ‘known quantity’ to federal law enforcement before he killed 53 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  —  Omar Mateen of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, came to the attention …
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Ex-wife of suspected Orlando shooter: ‘He beat me’  —  The ex-wife of the 29-year-man suspected of killing 50 people in a Orlando nightclub early Sunday said that he was violent and mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married.  —  The ex-wife said she met Omar Mateen online …
NBC News:
At Least 50 Dead After ‘Terrorism’ at Orlando Gay Club  —  Rep. Alan Grayson: This Might Be a Hate Crime 4:02  —  At least 50 people are dead and more than 50 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, police said.
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
What We Know About Omar Mateen, Suspected Orlando Nightclub Shooter  —  Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen, has been identified as the suspect in Sunday's mass shooting that left at least 50 dead and more than 50 others wounded at the Pulse Nightclub, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
NBC News:
Orlando Nightclub Shooter Called 911 to Pledge Allegiance to ISIS: Sources  —  NBC News: Suspect swore allegiance to ISIS 2:53  —  The gunman who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida early Sunday, shooting over 100 people, had called 911 moments before to pledge allegiance to the leader of ISIS …
New York Times:
Shooting at Orlando Nightclub Kills 50, Police Say  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — A gunman killed 50 people and wounded 53 in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, officials said, in the worst mass shooting slaughter in American history, and law enforcement officials called it an act of terrorism.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacre  —  As lawmakers from both parties rushed to condemn the mass shooting that left 50 dead in Orlando, Republicans appeared to shy away from noting the LGBT connection, while Democrats explicitly brought it up.  —  Officials say the shooting …
Discussion: Rewire and CNN
David Caplan / ABC News:
At Least 50 Dead in Orlando Gay Club Shooting, Suspect Pledged Allegiance to ISIS, Officials Say  —  A massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday morning has been described as a “domestic terror incident” with at least 50 dead and 53 injured, officials said, making it the worst mass shooting …
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Pulse more than ‘just another gay club’  —  One of the owners of the gay nightclub where multiple people were shot early Sunday in Orlando started the club to promote awareness about the area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  Her brother died from AIDS.
Matt Higgins / CBS New York:
CBS News: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Orlando Nightclub Attack That Left 50 Dead  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded Florida gay nightclub early Sunday before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said.
Tom Cleary / Heavy.com:
Omar Mateen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  —  Email Follow  —  Omar Mir Seddique Mateen has been named as the gunman who killed 50 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, CBS News reports.  —  He was later killed by police after taking hostages at the LGBT club.
Lisa Cianci / Orlando Sentinel:
Blood donors needed after mass shooting in Orlando
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Father of reported Orlando shooter: Son possibly motivated by seeing two men kiss
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Terror in Orlando: 50 killed in shooting rampage at gay club; gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS
Kurt Vile / CBS News:
Islamic terrorism tie eyed in Orlando gay bar shooting
NBC News:
Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Mass Casualties After Gunman Opens Fire in Gay Club
Discussion: Fox News and Guardian
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Obama: ‘An act of terror and an act of hate’
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Police: Approximately 20 killed in Florida club shooting
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Obama calls Orlando shooting an ‘act of terror,’ other politicians react
Discussion: WKRG-TV and The Last Tradition
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Is Looking for a Way Out  —  Long before Donald Trump made his first foray into Las Vegas real estate, I had an unsettling experience gambling in a downtown Vegas casino.  The cards were falling my way until late at night, when I began making subtle mistakes.  My stack of poker chips, once piled high, dwindled.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's New Ad Attacks Donald Trump Using Strong Words (His)  —  In her first ad of the general election campaign, Hillary Clinton will use Donald J. Trump's words to portray him as a violently divisive candidate who is intolerant of the diverse fabric of the American electorate.
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton launches first general election ad
Jessica Hamilton / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deletes “reap what you sow” tweet after mass shooting at LGBT club  —  A “reap what you sow” tweet from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that went out hours after approximately 50 people were killed at a Florida LGBT nightclub has been deleted amid backlash.
 
 
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